2013 NFL Draft scouting report: Kenny Vaccaro

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

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Kenny Vaccarro, safety, Texas. HT: 6-1 WT: 210. Projected round(s):1st-2nd

Strengths

Vaccaro is built to be a do it all kind of safety. He's athletic enough to match up with WRs in the slot, but tough enough to be a force in run support as well. In fact, the Longhorns would sometimes use him as a nickel back, so he's got that versatility you look for in a modern safety.

Sound tackler who uses his plus upper body strength and displays good technique. Has been starting since his Sophomore season and has previously won UT's Special teams player of the year award.

Related: Top 5 safeties big board

Weaknesses

Will sometimes take questionable angles on tackles and has been known to freelance and do his own thing at times. While he has broken up a fair number of passes in his career, he's not been the kind of ballhawk that typical Texas safeties have been known to be.

Played a lot of man coverage in college, so if he'll be asked to play more zone in the NFL, that may take some adjustment.

Related: Mocking the Draft's 2013 safety rankings

Pro Comparison

Morgan Burnett

Eagles fit

There's no question that safety is a major need and Vaccaro would likely start from day one at free safety. The question is whether he's gettable. The Eagles aren't using the #4 pick on him, but will he be there when they pick at the top of the second round? Many mock drafts have him projected as a late first round pick.

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