Sunday, January 13, 2013

Prospect Profile: FS Kenny Vaccaro - Texas

Texas Longhorns Profile:

Name:  Kenny Vaccaro
Height:  6' - 1"
Weight:  218 lbs.
Class:  Senior
Hometown:  Brownwood, TX
Date of Birth:  January 1, 1990 (23 years old)
High School:  Early High School

Longhorns Career:

2012 Senior Year:  Pro Football Weekly First Team All-American....2nd team All-American....started all 13 games, finishing the season with 96 tackles (59 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 3 QB hurries and 2 forced fumbles.

2011 Junior Year:  First Team All-Big 12....played in all 13 games, finishing the season with 71 total tackles (46 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 2 sacks and 5 QB hurries.

2010 Sophomore Year:  Appeared in all 12 games, starting 6.....finished the season with 54 total tackles (42 solo), 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 7 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked kick/punt.

2009 Freshman Year:  Played in all 13 games as a true freshman at safety and special teams, logging 18 total tackles (13 solo), 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked kick/punt.

2012 Senior Year Highlights:

2011 Junior Year Highlights:

+ Possesses ideal size and speed at the position
Displays great range
Above average quickness and acceleration
Adept at playing both safety positions
Makes good reads and jumps routes
Plays with reckless abandon; intense competitor rubs off on teammates
Has fluid hips at the position;  can flip and run against WRs
Good at covering TEs, especially off the line of scrimmage
Solid tackler and a big hitter; comes up quick in run support
Very good on special teams

- Questionable straight-line speed
- Aggression sometimes works against him; tendency to overpursue
- Isn't much of a playmaker in pass coverage
- Sometimes takes bad angles
- Whiffs on tackles trying to go for the big hit instead of using his fundamentals

NFL Player Comparison: S Ryan Clark Pittsburgh Steelers

Kenny Vaccaro is a versatile safety who some consider to be the top prospect in a deep class.  Vaccaro's always around the ball and plays the game fast.  He utilizes his strength to jam and re-route slot receivers and tight ends at the line of scrimmage.  Vaccaro plays the game with an edge and brings a physical presence to the secondary.  He thinks fast and is quick to diagnose plays in front of him.  He needs to work on making more plays in pass coverage and honing his instincts.

Draft Outlook:
Vaccaro's current draft stock ranges anywhere as high as the middle of the 1st round to as low as somewhere in the 2nd round.  Though that takes Vaccaro out of the current Raiders' draft range, he could be a consideration if the team were to acquire a 2nd round pick.  He's a hard hitter who can bring a physical aspect to a secondary that is lacking any sort of identity.  Like current Steelers safety Ryan Clark, Vaccaro can get a defense fired up with a big hit.  The Raiders have had a hard time in recent years covering the opposition's TE, but Vaccaro could change all of that.  He's very good at using his strength to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and can play off their hip pocket in coverage. Vaccaro's 40 time in his private workouts will be vital to his draft stock.  If Vaccaro can show that he has the speed to make plays down the field, he could be the complete package at the next level.

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