Kenny Vaccaro   #24 SS

Height: 6-0   Weight: 214   Age: 27

Born: 2/15/1991 Brownwood , TX

College: Texas

Experience: 6th season

High School: Early HS [TX]









Draft 2013

Pick No.15

Selected By: New Orleans Saints

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 15 (15)

Pick Analysis: Vaccaro set the bar high for himself and his teammates while announcing his intention to return to Texas for his senior season. "I wanna win the Thorpe, that's it," Vaccaro said. "And go to South Beach." The Thorpe Award is awarded to the nation's best defensive back (LSU star and top-10 draft pick Morris Claiborne won it in 2011), and Miami is the venue for the BCS Championship Game. Unfortunately, Vaccaro's goals went unmet. The Longhorns lost four games and the defense struggled mightily for stretches. Vaccaro, however, was one of the bright spots for Texas (92 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 passes defensed), earning second-team All-Conference honors and showing the skills that made him the first safety off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft.

There was discussion about Vaccaro leaving Austin early due to his first-team All-Big 12 play in 2011 (67 tackles, 6.5 for loss, two interceptions, seven pass breakups). He made headlines by wearing injured teammate Fozzy Whitaker's No. 2 jersey against Texas A&M (intercepting a pass in the big 27-25 win) and finished the year off strong with two tackles for loss and a sack in the team's Holiday Bowl win over California. As a sophomore, he won the team's Most Valuable Special Teams Player while also starting six games at safety (54 tackles, one interception, seven pass break-ups, blocked punt). And despite missing all but three games of his senior year of high school due to a knee injury, Vaccaro found himself a regular contributor on defense and special teams as a true freshman (19 tackles, one forced fumble, blocked punt).


Video Playlist

  1. 2013 Draft profile: Safety Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

    Published: April 17, 2013 at 06:40 p.m.

    A look at the college highlights of Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.

  2. 2013 Combine workout: Kenny Vaccaro

    Published: Feb. 26, 2013 at 03:15 p.m.

    Watch Texas DB Kenny Vaccaro work out at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

  3. Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro pro comparison

    Published: March 19, 2013 at 01:50 p.m.

    Bucky Brooks reveals Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro's NFL pro comparison.

  4. 2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Kenny Vaccaro

    Published: Feb. 26, 2013 at 07:00 a.m.

    Watch Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

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