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ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Cowboys picking a safety in the first round. Dallas is light at the position due to injuries and lack of experience, but picking a safety this high when there are so many issues on the offensive and defensive front doesn’t seem to be in the playing cards.
If Dallas does choose Vaccaro, they would be hard pressed to find a better player.
In watching some of his snaps against Oklahoma State last year, he showed that he’s not afraid of contact, but can let defenders slip away by trying to arm tackle or just taking a bad angle.
He seemed to have good fluid motion in his hips and kept his focus once the ball was snapped. Didn’t see him with his eyes fixated in the backfield or trying to play the other side of the field, he concentrated on his defender and his responsibility.
Vaccaro is aggressive and would seem to be a decent fit in Kiffin’s defense. The Tampa-2 calls for corners to press a lot, and Vaccaro would have to cover over the top. He would also be responsible for quarterbacking the secondary.
If the Cowboys aren’t sold on Vaccaro or picking a defensive back in the first round, former Cowboys scouting director Larry Lacewell does not think the Cowboys have a safety on the roster that fits in Kiffin’s scheme.
“The one position I don’t have clear in my head for them is the g--damn safety,” Lacewell said. “I don’t know who it is. I don’t know who the hell it is.”
Jones still leans heavily on Lacewell for advice, so maybe Vaccaro is more of a reality than a dream.