Saints News 4/26/13: Saints' 1st Round Selection Of Kenny Vaccaro Causes Mixed Reactions From Who Dat Nation

Al Bello

Reactions are mixed but mostly positive towards the Saints' first-round selection of Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. Rounds 2-3 of the NFL Draft kick off tonight at 6:30 ET. Who will the Saints draft next?



Reactions to the Saints' first round selection of S Kenny Vaccaro

Sean Payton Talks About Drafting S Kenny Vaccaro
Sean Payton says the Saints have a good vision for what Kenny Vaccaro's skill set is

New Orleans Saints Excited to Add Safety Kenny Vaccaro
"I’m excited to come down there and play," Vaccaro said. "It was my last visit and I just had a really good feeling walking out of there that I might be a Saint," as he even tweeted out a photo of the interior of the team’s practice facility on that visit. "I’m excited to get down there and play some football."

New Orleans Saints draft safety Kenny Vaccaro at No. 15 -
Vaccaro said he and Ryan "hit it off," adding that he found Ryan to be someone who is "laid back, but takes football seriously -- and that's the type of person I am."

Vaccaro pick caused by great Saints need to upgrade safety spot
...overpaid and underachieving starting strong safety Roman Harper has officially been put on notice, and running mate, free safety Malcolm Jenkins, better pick up his game. Pronto.

Saints pick of Vaccaro in first round not much of a surprise
Vaccaro has cover corner skills and speed. He closes well on the football and was a good special teams contributor initially at the University of Texas. He is physical and athletic and can play both the run and pass. He appears to be an instinctive player.

Vaccaro's premonition comes true as Saints take him with 15th pick | New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints went with conventional wisdom Thursday night, opting to beef up the defense by taking safety Kenny Vaccaro. The move gives the Saints depth at safety as Vaccaro has the ability to play both free and strong safety

Handwerger: Saints seem to have missed opportunity by taking safety | New Orleans
It’s not that Kenny Vaccaro isn’t a player with tons of upside. It’s not that the Saints didn’t need help at safety. It’s just that from afar, safety would fall below linebacker and defensive line as areas of greater issue.

Beginning the Kenny Vaccaro Era - Who Dat Social Club
I can’t help noticing that among all this talk of "best player available," all the draft mavens talk about how much a pick "makes sense" for a particular team, because it fills a need. So, okay, can we stop with the "best player available" crap? You pick to build a team, and they don’t give out Lombardis at Radio City Music Hall.

Draft Notes: Saints first rounder Kenny Vaccaro
He has accounted for 11 turnovers since becoming a college starter and his 264 tackles are the most for any Texas player on the roster over the last two seasons.

Lewis: Chips fall in Saints’ favor this time | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Most mock drafts get busted in April about as quickly as brackets do in March. But for the Saints on Thursday, things probably w…

Saints select Vaccaro with first-round pick | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Kenny Vaccaro is heading to New Orleans.

Saints pick Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro at No. 15 | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — The best-case scenario for the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, as far as the New Orleans Saints were concerned, was…

Saints Nation: Time for Saints to Start Anew at Safety
I've been done with the Malcolm Jenkins/Roman Harper back end experiment for a while and I've made no secret of this. I blame them as much as anyone for how pathetically horrible the Saints were on defense last year.

Position less important than skill set in case of New Orleans Saints' top pick Kenny Vaccaro |
The Texas defensive back is the first safety ever drafted by the Saints in the first round.

NFL 2013 Draft Highlights (Kidding! There weren’t any…)
Since I’m among friends, I’ll be honest. Last night’s draft was about as exciting as watching my dog sniff for the perfect patch of grass on which to poop. But congratulations, NFL! I watched anyway. The WHOLE damn thing.


Who will the Saints draft next and other Who Dat speculation

Jamie Collins heads list of five intriguing possibilities for New Orleans Saints on Day 2 of NFL draft |
Southern Miss pass rusher shined in college and in pre-draft workouts

Handwerger: Saints have swung and missed a lot on high draft picks lately | New Orleans
Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis have cultivated through the years a reputation of being keen drafters, fellas who have been able to build the Saints through the farm system.


Other NFL News

LSU CB Simon arrested - Yahoo! Sports
Simon, an NFL draft prospect, was charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer, and unnecessary noise violation. He was then released on a bond.

"20 witnesses" say Simon did nothing wrong | ProFootballTalk
"I have spent the better part of the morning investigating this matter, including getting statements from over 20 witnesses," Schaffer told PFT by phone. "The witnesses corroborate that Tharold did nothing wrong, certainly nothing illegal, and he acted with dignity and class throughout the entire ordeal. I am 100 percent certain that no charges will be filed. We are looking into pursuing a lawsuit against the office for violation of Tharold’s civil rights.

Nick Saban doesn’t care for the media’s tone on Milliner, Revis | ProFootballTalk
"I can already tell the tone of what you all are doing," Saban told reporters. "What’s Revis got to do with Dee Milliner coming here? Just let Dee Milliner be Dee Milliner. Let Dee Milliner play like Dee Milliner plays. Whether Revis used to play there or not, what’s that got to do with Dee Milliner? Why do you want to make comparisons and make it like a circumstance for the guy before he ever gets a chance to go on the field? I think Dee has a vision for the kind of player that he wants to be, and I think he’ll be a very, very good player for a long time."

Ravens remain interested in Te’o | ProFootballTalk
Draft expert extraordinaire Mike Mayock said earlier this year that if linebacker Manti Te'o remains on the board when the Ravens pick at No. 32 in round one, the Ravens will sprint to the podium to get him. Safety Matt Elam got in the way.

Geno Smith will attend the draft tonight after all | ProFootballTalk
After he was passed over in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith said he was heading home. But now he has reconsidered. Smith will, in fact, be in attendance on Friday night when the second round begins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Jags want to make a deal at top of round two | ProFootballTalk
So what will the Jaguars do with the first pick in round two? Trade it, if they can. With the first 32 picks already taken, there will be a team that covets a specific player, and that team could offer enough to the Jaguars to get to the top of round two.

Ahmad Bradshaw gets full medical clearance | ProFootballTalk
No running backs were taken in the first round of the draft for the first time since 1963. They figure to start coming off the board on Friday, but teams that don't find what they're looking for in the backfield in the draft will have a veteran option to add to the mix once the draft comes to a c...



Kenny Vaccaro on being drafted by New Orleans Saints
A focused Kenny Vaccaro talks with Deion Sanders shortly after being drafted by the New Orleans Saints.

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