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New Orleans Saints select Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas, 15th overall

The New Orleans Saints reinforced their porous secondary with Kenny Vaccaro, strong safety out of Texas.

The New Orleans Saints reinforced their porous secondary with Kenny Vaccaro, strong safety out of Texas.

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.

Bio

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 coachesAt 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.

Grade: C

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.

172 comments
bp.
bp.

Did the Vikes pick Te'o?

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

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.

JVince11
JVince11

blackpeoplemeet.com commercial? Really... Whatnif white people made that website?

JVince11
JVince11

We better get leveon bell tomorrow or i am gonna shit a brick

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I really thought the Packers might take Alec Ogletree.

JVince11
JVince11

Trading a 2nd 3rd and a 4th rounder for another 1st is a shit ton for minny tondo

natradamus
natradamus moderator

did the trade happen   or speculation?

MIBearFan
MIBearFan

Damn, bitch! Take a break to watch a movie, and they blow this shit up.

JVince11
JVince11

3 1st rounders for the vikings? Holy fuck

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

Minny wants to move up again!!!!!!!

LKP
LKP

Hopkins wow

bp.
bp.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

The Bills are dumb, the Vikings are smart, and the Pack did as expected.

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

well a lot of good bigs left, Johnny Jenkins, Sly Williams, Brandon Williams, among others 

LKP
LKP

Vikings 23rd and 25th articles done Rourke. Except pics

bp.
bp.

@LionskillPack How do you feel about Ezekiel?  NVM, I will go read the article.  I admit to being a bit jelly.

JVince11
JVince11

Fucking shitty dick leaf pick

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@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.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@LionskillPack sweet.  I was trying to get an xavier rhodes one done- but I do not know much about draft prospects

aciddragon
aciddragon moderator

@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 

bp.
bp.

@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.

Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong
Dom Capers Did Nothing Wrong

@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
JVince11

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

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@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.