Kenny Vaccaro is the top safety in the 2013 NFL draft and because of his athleticism and physicality, the Texas product will likely be selected in the first round.
Vaccaro is a "combo" defensive back, meaning he can play both safety positions and the nickel slot. This has NFL teams salivating.
Let's take a closer look at Kenny Vaccaro.
Birthday: February 15, 1991
Hometown: Early, Texas
High School: Early
Major: Physical Culture and Sports
Vaccaro was born in Brownwood, Texas, which is a small town with a population of nearly 20,000, and played football at nearby Early, Texas. The mascot for Early High is the Longhorn. Brownwood and Early are approximately three hours southwest of Dallas, Texas.
In 2012, Kenny Vaccaro was named an All-American by Pro Football Weekly. With each year, Vaccaro made more tackles and was a bigger part of Texas' defense, though he only made four interceptions in his four-year career.
LOSS = Tackles for a loss
PD = Passes Defended
FF = Forced Fumbles
FR = Fumbles Recovered
TD = Defensive Touchdowns scored
Numbers obtained from Sports-Reference.com
Weight: 214 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 3/4"
Hand Size: 10"
40-yard dash: 4.63 sec
Bench press: 15 reps
Vertical jump: 38 inch
Broad jump: 108 inch
3-cone drill: 6.78 sec
20-yard shuttle: 4.06 sec
Kenny Vaccaro disappointed in the NFL combine's 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.63 seconds. The ex-Longhorn did show quickness during his 20-yard shuttle run, being timed at 4.06 seconds.
Vaccaro did not participate in Texas' pro day because of a hip injury.
Vaccaro claims that the Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas is one of his mentors. Thomas, an ex-Longhorn, was selected 14th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Vaccaro chose Texas over Florida, Baylor, Oklahoma, and Stanford.
Vaccaro's favorite actor is Will Smith, and his favorite musical artist is Lil' Wayne.
Vaccaro's sports hero is Devin Hester.
Kenny Vaccaro has everything but straight-away speed. Unfortunately, speed is one of the assets that general managers covet the most. Because of this, Vaccaro may not make the top half of the first round.
The Texas standout's best asset is his versatilty. Because he is athletic and physical, Vaccaro can play both safety positions and be a slot corner as well.
Ultimately, Vaccaro will be drafted in the first round and has the skill set to succeed in the NFL.