Kenny Vaccaro (SS), Texas
6-0 | 214 lbs.
107 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 INT, 5 PD, 2 FF, FR
Possesses very good size and athleticism. Loose hips with the ability to change directions with ease. Good fundamentals and rarely gets caught out of position. Great tackler in the open field using his upper-body strength to pull down ball-carriers and receivers. Was asked to cover the slot during his time at Texas, showing the speed to stay with receivers across the middle.
At times, gets too aggressive when trying to make a tackle and doesn't wrap up his opponents. Isn't fast enough to keep up with speedier receivers in the NFL. Tends to get lost in play-action and bites on the fake too much. Only five interceptions during his time with the Longhorns have caused scouts to wonder if he has the ball-hawking ability to be an impact safety at the next level. Character concerns with two arrests on his record at Texas.
Fit for the Bears:
After years of drafting safeties, the Bears may have finally found their combo in Major Wright and Chris Conte. While both may never be Pro Bowl caliber players, they both did a solid job for the Bears in 2012. Phil Emery also selected Brandon Hardin in the third-round in 2012, but Hardin missed all of last season with a serious neck injury. The need for a safety isn't high up on Emery's wishlist so don't expect to see Vaccaro playing for the Bears in 2013.