As a rookie in 2013, Kenny Vaccaro showed off the skills that made him a prized prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, as he quickly became a playmaker in the back end of the New Orleans Saints‘ defense. Despite a late-season injury that prematurely ended his rookie campaign, there’s no doubt that Vaccaro provided exactly what the Saints needed out of him. With that said, as good as Vaccaro was as a rookie, he has the potential to be even better — good enough to become the best strong safety in the NFL.
Before Vaccaro came along, the secondary was a weak point for the Saints, however, his stellar play helped the unit improve into one of the best in the NFL. Vaccaro provided defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, with the type of versatile talent that he values, and that’s a large part of Vaccaro’s rookie success.
The one thing that Vaccaro needs to prove if he is truly going to reach his full potential is whether or not he will be able to stay healthy over the course of an entire season. An ankle injury ended his season early last season, and his physical, hard-hitting style of play makes him particularly susceptible to injuries. There’s no doubt that the talent and potential are there with Vaccaro, but staying healthy is a must for the young safety.
Overall, Vaccaro has the talent to really become an elite player in the NFL. He’s a great fit in New Orleans’ defense, and his athletic potential is outstanding. If he can stay healthy, Vaccaro could become the best strong safety in the league.