Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
Kenny Vaccaro is the best safety in this draft and would solidify the defensive secondary for 2013.
The Vikings traded back into the first round to select Harrison Smith, and that pick has paid great dividends in his rookie season. According to some, Smith will be selected for the Pro Bowl at year's end.
That's been a great surprise for the Vikings, who have lacked a playmaker at the position since Robert Griffith left.
Minnesota was excited about the prospects of Mistral Raymond prior to this season. It thought Raymond could be the guy starting alongside Smith. Depending how you feel about Raymond this pick may seem idiotic to you.
Raymond has battled injuries this season and has only played in five games. Jamarca Sanford has superseded him on the depth chart, as of now. And Sanford is proving he's not much more than an above average backup.
If Minnesota drafted Texas' Kenny Vaccaro, who is the clear-cut No. 1 safety in this draft, it may put the Vikings on the path to having the league's best secondary down the road: Chris Cook and Josh Robinson at cornerback, and Smith and Vaccaro at safety.
Vaccaro is a strong safety, and Smith has the flexibility to play either, although in the Cover 2 scheme the distinction is muddied.
Vaccaro has shown himself to be another play-making safety, much like Smith. He's strong in coverage, by safety standards, and has solid speed.
Depending on who's available when Minnesota picks, this could be a real steal.