The Opening: Troy Vincent Review
Troy Vincent Jr. School: The Gilman School, Baltimore Position: Receiver The Opening measurable: 5-9, 189 40-yard dash: 4.71 seconds Shuttle: 4.08 seconds Vertical jump: 33.1 inches Rank: No. 33 cornerback/four stars Recruiting situation: Committed to Penn State Scouting report: Vincent's dad, Troy Sr., was a star at Wisconsin and then in the NFL. He was known for being smart and having very good technique, so it stands to reason his son would carry the same traits. He does. Vincent's 40-yard dash time wasn't very good, but so much more goes into playing the position well and he has those skills. He is smooth and low in his backpedal, and he changes directions easily. He sinks his hips and explodes toward the ball, and he reads the plays in front of him well. One play that sticks out during the final day of 7-on-7 competition was when Vincent was lagging back in a soft zone and the receiver ran an 8-yard out. Vincent was well off of him, but he read the play and accelerated quickly to break up what looked like an easy completion. Put simply, he closed on the ball and did so with excellent burst. Vincent didn't play much bump-and-run coverage, so how he handles the physical aspect against 6-2, 200-pound elite receivers remains to be seen, but he has strong technique. He doesn't panic when plays run long, he reads routes well and he breaks in on a ball extremely well. Scout.com's complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE The biggest question coming out of the event was whether he can cover down the field if he does not have safety help over the top, and he wasn't asked to do that. But one thing to keep in mind is Vincent's speed can be mitigated by his technique and his burst. For instance, receiver Curtis Samuel ran a 4.36 in the 40, and looks to be markedly faster than Vincent. However, Vincent's shuttle was 4.08 seconds, compared to Samuel's 4.07 seconds, which means Vincent gets in and out of breaks, and accelerates, at the same rate as one of the fastest players at The Opening. In short spaces, it means Vincent should have no trouble staying with a receiver. What was learned: It was more of confirmation of what we thought heading into the event than it was a learning experience. It will be a challenge for Vincent to play against tall receivers and also to cover them 40 yards down the field (which won't be asked much) but he is technically sound and he understands the game very well.