Weight: 218 lbs
I haven’t been fortunate enough to study Vaccaro as much as I’d like. However, I was able to talk to Alex Brown, Head Central Scout for www.OptimumScouting.com, and he had this to say about Vaccaro in his full scouting report:
A heavy factor and active player against the run, dynamic edge blitzer, and cover safety capable of manning the slot or roaming the back half, Kenny Vaccaro is a rare playmaker with an incredibly versatile skill set. Sure to be a starter right away at the next level, his impact should be really apparent in his rookie season.
A 4 star wide receiver and defensive back recruit that entered Texas with elite physical tools, raw ability and a hit-first mentality. Kenny Vaccaro will soon enter the NFL ranks as a polished, instinctive and intelligent secondary defender.
The X-factor of this Texas defense, Vaccaro impresses with presnap command, on-field leadership, and willingness to support the run. He’s developed into a dynamic weapon; whether as a robber zone defender, manned up in the slot, blitzing off the edge or shooting a gap on a twist. Vaccaro’s combination of click and close athleticism, rare instincts, and physical mentality, undoubtedly sets him apart from the rest of the 2013 draft class as a unique and NFL ready defender. Yet, with all noted traits in mind, what makes Vaccaro so special, is his non-stop motor, tremendous passion for the game, and insanely competitive nature; playing at peak performance under the brightest lights, Vaccaro thrives in pressure situations and shows no fear in taking the center stage.
Lacking nothing in the confidence department, Vaccaro has the mental makeup you look for in a starting safety prospect. Experienced in Manny Diaz’ multiple defensive system that features a number of pattern-reading coverages utilized at the NFL level, he is well prepared mentally for the next level and capable of starting right out of the box.
How He Fits
The Tampa 2 defense relies on a safety that can make all the adjustments and calls on the defense.
This is Vaccaro.
Vaccaro is a dynamic playmaker, the type that the Cowboys have longed for since the departure of Darren Woodson.
The Cowboys currently have Barry Church and Gerald Sensabaugh locked into contracts. However, those contracts are small enough to give the team flexibility if they’re given the opportunity to grab a player like Vaccaro.
Vaccaro immediately becomes a starter, solid all-around player and leader on the back end of this defense.