The Eagles beat out the trade deadline clock on Tuesday, acquiring Denver Broncos’ cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. right before 4 p.m.
In exchange, Philadelphia sent back a sixth-round pick. However, it won’t be a specific pick – whichever one of the two sixth-round picks the Eagles own (which belong to the Jets and Colts) ends up being lesser will be the one the Broncos acquire.
Eagles Acquire Another Young Interesting CB In Vincent Jr.
The Broncos selected Vincent Jr. out of LSU in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, although the 22-year-old never played a single snap for the organization. In three years at LSU, Vincent Jr. had 87 tackles and six interceptions – with four coming in 2019. Vincent Jr. opted not to play in 2020.
Prior to the draft, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein gave a scouting report on Vincent, noting that while he has the abilities as an athlete to succeed in the NFL, he still needs to translate those into cornerback play.
“Slot corner with average size but exceptional speed and athleticism. He could see his draft stock rise given his workout potential. Vincent has the hips, feet and burst to stay tight with routes as a pro, but only if he shows marked improvement with pattern recognition and his coverage technique. He’s played (and practiced) against NFL-caliber competition and brings a resume full of experience against quality competition. His best football could be ahead of him, but he needs to fully transition from athlete to cornerback for that to happen.”
NFL.com had actually projected Vincent Jr. to go in the fourth round. In any case, it’s good to see the Eagles targeting young cornerbacks as projects, which is a position they’ve struggled to grow talent at for quite some time.
Eagles Quiet Overall At Trade Deadline, Hold Onto Cox and Dillard
Aside from this trade, the Eagles stood pat, neither buying or selling any major pieces. However, that’s not to say they didn’t try. Teams showed interest in DT Fletcher Cox, and the Eagles were reportedly seeking a 2nd or 3rd round pick in return, according to NJ Advance Media’s Mike Kaye.
Ultimately, a trade never manifested, likely due to Cox’s contract. While there is some flexibility around it as many have pointed out, the sizable hurdle it presented — combined with the asking price — likely squashed any possible talks.
Cox has majorly underperformed this season – he has just one sack in eight games, and two sacks in his last 12. It’s very fair to wonder if the Eagles are letting nostalgia get in the way of a sensible move by offing a perhaps overpaid veteran.
The Eagles also held onto Andre Dillard, which is a more understandable move. The left tackle showed promise when he was called on in the events of injuries, and given the fragility of the offensive line, keeping around depth is extremely important.
With the trade deadline now in the rearview mirror, the Eagles will continue to try and get the last NFC wild card spot, which they sit just one game out of.