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Kenny Vaccaro: How Will Saints' Newest FS Fare in the Pros?

The New Orleans Saints made a great selection with Kenny Vaccaro. He should instantly improve a struggling secondary.
The New Orleans Saints made a great selection with Kenny Vaccaro. He should instantly improve a struggling secondary.Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 25, 2013

Kenny Vaccaro became the first safety drafted in the 2013 NFL draft when the New Orleans Saints took him with the 15th pick. The former Texas Longhorn safety brings a great amount of talent to the Saints' secondary.


Pro Outlook

What Vaccaro will bring to the Saints' defense is a safety who can make an impact in a number of ways. He's extremely impressive in man-to-man coverage, but he also has the ball skills and instincts to play more of a "center field" role on defense.

Vaccaro is also extremely athletic and has great strength. He's only beginning to tap into his full potential and has an extremely high ceiling.

He'll only get better and should become a top play-making safety in the NFL early in his career.


Fantasy Outlook

The Saints' secondary has kept them from being a good pickup for fantasy football, but the selection of Vaccaro could change that. He can create turnovers and be a factor in both the run and pass game.

While New Orleans still won't be one of the better defenses in terms of fantasy football, Vaccaro should help them become a serviceable backup.


Roster Outlook

Vaccaro should challenge Roman Harper for a starting job from day one. If he isn't a full-time starter, he should definitely contribute in a huge way as a rookie.


Pick Analysis

This is the type of exciting player that New Orleans needed to add to its defense. Not only does Vaccaro fill a huge need in the secondary, but he also has the potential to become an elite player.

With Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman in the NFC South, this was a fantastic pick by the Saints.

Grade: A

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