When the New Orleans Saints selected Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, it was definitely a big surprise. With Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones still on the board, many thought the Saints would address their pass-rush situation with their first-round pick. However, the Saints decided to select Vaccaro to improve their secondary and it appears he will have a big role in his rookie season.
With the selection of Vaccaro, the Saints now have him, Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins as their main safeties. Vaccaro played strong safety throughout most of his college career and figures to be in contention for the strong safety spot. However, Vaccaro is very versatile and could play either safety spot.
There has been talk that free safety Jenkins could be moved to nickel cornerback in passing situations, so Vaccaro can get more playing time in his rookie season. As a first-round selection, Vaccaro was brought in right away to make an impact for the Saints.
Vaccaro has all the tools that can help the Saints’ secondary and will definitely help the team defend against the pass. At 6-feet, 214-pounds Vaccaro has good size and could even see some time at the nickel defending the slot against opposing team’s tight ends. Furthermore, Vaccaro has excelled in man-coverage and does a good job at making the open field tackle.
In his rookie season, Vaccaro will make a nice impact for the Saints, and it is clear that the team saw something in him that made them want to take them with their 15th pick. Hopefully Vaccaro proves to be a great move by the Saints and they don’t regret passing up on some other players.