New Orleans Saints select Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas, 15th overall
- Updated: April 25, 2013
With the 15th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected Kenny Vaccaro, strong safety, Texas. Given the abundance of elite defensive tackle talent still on the board, this may prove to be one of the most controversial picks of the first round.
Vaccaro played four years with Texas, starting 32 games as a safety, including 26 consecutive games to lead the defense. After a senior season in which he compiled the most tackles (107) by a Longhorns defensive back since 2006, he was highly decorated, earning Pro Football Weekly All-American honors, Sports Illustrated All-American honorable mention, and an All-Big 12 selection as voted by the coaches. At 6’1″ and 218 lbs, Vaccaro is not the most imposing of physical specimens, but he does have the stature to match up against most NFL wide receivers. His 40-yard dash time (4.63 seconds) was less than stellar, but with his combination of strength and speed, he projects as a nickel back at the pro level.
How he fits in
A defensive back blessed with good hip fluidity, Vaccaro is known as a hard hitter with decent coverage skills. He will help reinforce a porous Saints secondary that in 2012 gave up more yards than any defense in the history of the league. How much of an impact he will make largely depends on what moves New Orleans makes later in the draft. This team is still in dire need of defensive line talent. It doesn’t matter how solid coverage skills of the defensive backs might be; if the quarterback has plenty of time to throw, he will find a way to carve up the secondary.
Assuming the safety duo of Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper remains intact, Vaccaro may spend a good portion of his rookie season in the nickel slot. How the secondary functions as a unit in 2013 will probably determine whether he becomes the heir apparent to the starting position of Jenkins or Harper.
Biggest criticism I have on Sly Williams is his slow 3-cone. That speaks of a potentially dangerous lack of agility and tackle ability inside the box.
The Bills are dumb, the Vikings are smart, and the Pack did as expected.
@JVince11 That's a safe assumption.
@jwoude23 Bear Down You expect me to refresh!!!
@Buster Hymen I would not have minded that pick either.
@Buster Hymen I studied Datone Jones, I liked Datone Jones, I wanted Datone Jones, I predicted Datone Jones, we got Datone Jones.
@LionskillPack How do you feel about Ezekiel? NVM, I will go read the article. I admit to being a bit jelly.
@Aciddragon Could you write the Packers article? I have a long backlog of draft profiles to edit right now. Just use the template we used for this article.
@Ratt Myan They'd sooner trade down, I think.
@LionskillPack sweet. I was trying to get an xavier rhodes one done- but I do not know much about draft prospects
@LionskillPack Thank you, sir.
Datone Jones Datone Jones
@JVince11 he could be to GB what JJ Watt is to Hou though, decent size, quick, aggressive. maybe not an ideal fit but a good pick
@JVince11 Seems like a good choice to me, knowing little of the guy. We need a DE that can fit the 3-4 and get in the backfield. A lot.
@JVince11 Who did you want?
@JVince11 Every other Packer fan seems to really like this pick.
@Buster Hymen i could but it'll take a bit, i know nothing about the guy
@JVince11 He's got a big frame he can add weight to. 4.8 is fine for his size and position, and he runs a super fast 3-cone (very important for edge rushers and linemen).
@JVince11 Makes sense. Can he bulk up.
I wasnt inlove with anyone left... But jones just does not fit our defense at all... Henis too small dor a dt and too big for olb... He doesnt have a great pass rush.. Only his senior year was productive.. He was slow with a 4.8 40
@Aciddragon It's fine, it won't come out for a while yet. It's pretty easy to find more information than you need. Just type "Datone Jones bio" in Google.