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Hawaii 5-0
01-16-2013, 03:42 PM
2013 NFL Draft: Steelers Draft Prospects by Position - Safety

By seton hall and steelers on Jan 15

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The Steelers have been blessed by some of the best safety play in the league over the past five or so years, with two pro bowl caliber starting safeties in Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu. However, both Clark and Polamalu are aging and while backup safety Will Allen played incredibly well in replacement of Polamalu, the Steelers could use a new, young safety to become the next star of the defense.

First Round Options:

Kenny Vaccaro, free safety, Texas - Vaccaro, at 6-foot-1, 218 pounds, has great size for an NFL free safety. He has shown over the course of his career to have the ability to come up and cover slot receivers with great ease. He was a three year starter at Texas and got better each year. This year, he totaled 96 tackles, two interceptions, 3.5 tackles for a loss, five pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He is not an elite ballhawk but he is a great safety prospect who could start immediately if needed but would likely play on special teams and in nickel packages as a rookie. He is projected as a top 20 pick.

Matt Elam, strong safety, Florida - Elam, at just 5-foot-10, 202 pounds, is much smaller than Vaccaro but he is a great athlete. He is a two year starter for Florida. This year, he had 76 tackles and four interceptions but he was best playing around the line of scrimmage, getting 11 tackles for a loss and two sacks. He has unbelievable instincts, great closing speed, and is ruthless in the run game. He reminds me a lot of Polamalu in his prime and could be available at pick 17. He is projected currently as a top 25 pick.

Tony Jefferson, free safety, Oklahoma - Jefferson, at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, was a highly rated recruit coming out of high school and he has started in all three of his years at Oklahoma. This year, he had 119 tackles, two interceptions, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and half a sack. He is a player who relies on his instincts to make the right read in the running game and plays very much like current Steelers safety Ryan Clark.

Second Round Options:

Eric Reid, free safety, LSU - Reid, at 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, is a big-bodied safety but he does not play to his size. He played mostly center field in his two years as an LSU starter and is rarely around the line of scrimmage. He has great athleticism and makes good reads on passing plays. This year, he had 91 tackles, two interceptions, and one tackle for a loss. He could rise to the late first round but his lack of splash plays will likely keep him in round two.

Phillip Thomas, free safety, Fresno State - Thomas, a 6-foot-1, 215 pound safety is an absolute ball hawk. This year, he amassed eight interceptions, three of which he returned for a touchdown, 84 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and four sacks. However, he did all of this playing against lower competition. He is a good athlete with huge upside and he could rise to a top 40 pick by draft time.

Mid Round Options:

Robert Lester, strong safety, Alabama - Lester is a rare player in that he started for three years at Alabama. He also is one of a few players ever to win three national championships. His best year ever was his sophomore season, when he intercepted eight passes. This year, he played all right at times and awful at others, totaling 48 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. He seems to lack elite speed but plays the game smart and is usually in the right spot. However, he does not appear to be great in run support. He is projected as a third or fourth round pick.

Shawn Williams, strong safety, Georgia - Williams, at 6-foot-1, 217 pounds, is a third to fourth round prospect with some upside. He is a good athlete that totaled 98 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, and one sack this year. He plays around the line of scrimmage a lot and is good in the run game but he struggles at times with reading play action. He has given up a few too many big plays this year. However, a lot of his problems seem to be in technique and that could be coached by Steelers star coach Carnell Lake.

Duke Williams, strong safety, Nevada - Williams, at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, is a great athlete who thrives when using his instincts. He is a little small and does not do much form tackling and therefore, he misses a few too many tackles. However, this year, he did total 105 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, and three forced fumbles. When he hits you, he is going to hurt you. He is projected as a third to fourth round pick and with proper coaching, he could become a star.

Bacarri Rambo, free safety, Georgia - Rambo, at 6-foot-0, 210 pounds, is an athletic safety who still has to learn the position. This year, he had 73 tackles, three interceptions, one tackle for a loss, and one sack. He has pretty poor technique and that causes him to miss a couple tackles and give up some big plays, but again, if anyone can coach him up, it is Carnell Lake. However, he has had problems with the law in the past and that might take him off the Steelers radar. He is projected as a third to fourth round pick.

T.J. McDonald, free safety, USC - McDonald is a big safety at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, and he is a good athlete. He had an incredible junior season and would have been a first round pick last year had he declared but he struggled a lot this year. He was exposed as someone who mis-reads a lot of routes and bites on double moves often. However, despite having an "awful" year, he totaled 119 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, and a sack. He needs a lot of work on his technique, but you could do a lot worse with a third or fourth round pick.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/1/15/3876242/2013-nfl-draft-mock-steelers-position-depth-safety

wwhickok
01-16-2013, 04:16 PM
if Vacarro makes it to pick 17 I'd be SHOCKED but if he is..I can't imagine a scenario where the Steelers don't draft him.

teegre
01-16-2013, 06:15 PM
Hawaii 5-0, I like your new sig (new mock).

Elam is the obvious one that I like.

Jesse Williams would be a great pick in R2 (albeit, maybe not a necessary pick, if Ta'amu and/or McClendon pan out... but, let's table that debate for a while).

Chase Thomas is from a school that I like, although, honetly, I prefer his teammate: Shayne Skov.

Ryan Swope & Mike Gillisee... I like those picks, too.

And, Michael Williams in R6 is a great pick... very underrrated.

teegre
01-16-2013, 06:16 PM
if Vacarro makes it to pick 17 I'd be SHOCKED but if he is..I can't imagine a scenario where the Steelers don't draft him.

I think that the Steelers will have their pick of the safeties.

Ergo, the question is: Vaccaro or Elam?

Hawaii 5-0
01-16-2013, 06:50 PM
Hawaii 5-0, I like your new sig (new mock).

Elam is the obvious one that I like.

Jesse Williams would be a great pick in R2 (albeit, maybe not a necessary pick, if Ta'amu and/or McClendon pan out... but, let's table that debate for a while).

Chase Thomas is from a school that I like, although, honetly, I prefer his teammate: Shayne Skov.

Ryan Swope & Mike Gillisee... I like those picks, too.

And, Michael Williams in R6 is a great pick... very underrrated.


okay, check out my new one with Shayne Skov in it and let me know what you think... :drink:

teegre
01-16-2013, 06:53 PM
okay, check out my new one with Shayne Skov in it and let me know what you think... :drink:

One word: BRILLIANT!!!

Hawaii 5-0
01-16-2013, 06:55 PM
One word: BRILLIANT!!!

thank you my friend...:drink:

SteelersCanada
01-16-2013, 07:20 PM
Elam at 17 is a reach. I wouldn't take a Safety in the first, either, because the class is so deep this year. Lester / McDonald in the fourth makes a lot of sense.

teegre
01-16-2013, 07:36 PM
thank you my friend...:drink:

No... thank YOU. :drink:

teegre
01-16-2013, 07:37 PM
Elam at 17 is a reach. I wouldn't take a Safety in the first, either, because the class is so deep this year. Lester / McDonald in the fourth makes a lot of sense.

Maybe... but, as Hawaii suggested: trade back a little...

Hawaii 5-0
01-16-2013, 08:05 PM
Maybe... but, as Hawaii suggested: trade back a little...

and depending on how far you trade back you can pick up an extra 2nd or 3rd round draft pick in the process...

cbrunn
01-16-2013, 09:21 PM
lol Yeah I like that mock to Hawaii

2 things I would change is Gerald Hodges for Skov ... and DJ Swearinger for Mauti

Elam and Swearinger while a smaller safety unit , they can hit

But I like Swope or Cobi Hamilton

Gillislee is the most well rounded RB in this draft to me, I project him to have the best pro Career

and I love Michael Williams would tremendously help the run game

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-16-2013, 11:29 PM
What...no mention of D. J. Swearinger from South Carolina?? Should be on the radar.

Steeler7BR
01-16-2013, 11:46 PM
What...no mention of D. J. Swearinger from South Carolina?? Should be on the radar.

Definitly he's a hard working beast with a lot of potential. Swearinger should be taken into consideration.

lloydwoodson
01-17-2013, 04:04 AM
Football in general is too caught up with height and weight and speed and bench press. I'm not saying anyone here is doing that. I'm just saying it is well worth it to draft largely on instinct and competitiveness. Obviously those are "intangibles" and you can't test for those. Some times those intangibles show up. Hines had them in spades and I think so did other overachievers like Keisel, Aaron Smith etc.

I think Elam has those intangibles based on the way he reads plays, disguises what he is doing to the quarterback, his lightning quick reactions- and he is the same height as Troy.

I would never dare to suggest who could play NT... I learned that lesson. Steve McLendon is 6-4, 320. I would think that would be a 3-4 DE. NT should be 6' - 6'2 and 330+ shouldn't they? McLendon doesn't pass the eye test- he isn't fat enough and he's too tall.

bhandsome08
01-18-2013, 05:50 PM
he isn't fat enough and he's too tall.

Haha.
I thought DL in 3-4 had to be taller and bigger to take on double teams, eat up space and block the QB's vision. They also help the smaller LBs to sneak in on the QB.

BLACK_AND_YELLOW
01-18-2013, 05:55 PM
I would never dare to suggest who could play NT... I learned that lesson. Steve McLendon is 6-4, 320. I would think that would be a 3-4 DE. NT should be 6' - 6'2 and 330+ shouldn't they? McLendon doesn't pass the eye test- he isn't fat enough and he's too tall.

He still could get bigger in the off season his height is not a problem imo.

4 of the top NTs thats going to the draft is 6'4.

Hawaii 5-0
01-21-2013, 01:09 AM
2013 NFL Free Agents: Safeties

2013 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2013.

Jairus Byrd, S, Bills. Age: 26.

Jairus Byrd is one of the top safeties in football. He shuts everything down in coverage - he was responsible for no touchdowns all year - and he constantly comes up with turnovers. He's also decent in run support and is seldom penalized. He deserves a massive contact.

Dashon Goldson, S, 49ers. Age: 28.

Dashon Goldson had some issues in coverage back in 2011, but did what he needed to do to correct them this past season. Goldson made the Pro Bowl for good reason.

Ed Reed, S, Ravens. Age: 34.

Ed Reed will turn 35 in September, but he still played at a high level for the Ravens this past season despite battling an injury.

Louis Delmas, S, Lions. Age: 26.

Louis Delmas is one of the most talented safeties in the NFL, but he just can't stay healthy. He's missed 13 games in the past two seasons.

Glover Quin, S, Texans. Age: 27.

A converted cornerback, Glover Quin has starred in his new safety role over the past couple of years. He was particularly sound in 2012, so he deserves a nice contract.

William Moore, S, Falcons. Age: 28.

William Moore missed the final quarter of the season with a hamstring injury, but he performed extremely well in all facets otherwise.

Kenny Phillips, S, Giants. Age: 26.

Kenny Phillips is one of the better safeties when healthy, but he missed most of 2012 with a knee injury.

Patrick Chung, S, Patriots. Age: 26.

Patrick Chung missed several weeks in 2012 with multiple injuries, but he performed well when he was healthy, particularly in run support.

Stevie Brown (RFA), S, Giants. Age: 26.

Stevie Brown was impressive in relief of an injured Kenny Phillips, picking off eight passes. His one weakness is run support.

LaRon Landry, S, Jets. Age: 28.

No one wanted LaRon Landry last offseason. He was considered an injury waiting to happen. Well, he proved everyone wrong with a solid 2012 campaign. He should still be considered fragile, but he has definitely earned himself a nice contract.

Chris Clemons, S, Dolphins. Age: 27.

Chris Clemons proved to be a quality starting safety for the Dolphins this past year. He was penalized only twice, though he had trouble tackling on occasion.

Nate Clements, S/CB, Bengals. Age: 33.

Nate Clements, who turned 33 in December, had to play safety this past year because Taylor Mays was such a liability in coverage. He'll probably have to stay at safety given his declining skills.

Ronde Barber, S, Buccaneers. Age: 38.

It's remarkable that Ronde Barber was able to perform on such a high level this past season as a 37-year-old. He could retire though.

Chris Crocker, S, Bengals. Age: 33.

Chris Crocker is still an OK starting safety, but he'll be 33 in March. His best days are behind him.

Colt Anderson (RFA), S, Eagles. Age: 27.

Colt Anderson is not very physically gifted, but he's an instinctive safety who performed well for the Eagles down the stretch. He's also great on special teams.

Corey Lynch, S, Chargers. Age: 28.

Corey Lynch is an awesome special-teamer who performed well as a starting safety down the stretch in place of an injured Atari Bigby.

Yeremiah Bell, S, Jets. Age: 35.

Yeremiah Bell had a surprisingly decent year for the Jets, but he'll be 35 in March.

http://www.walterfootball.com/freeagents2013S.php

WokeUpWithaWoodley
01-21-2013, 01:55 AM
I would be thrilled to get byrd. But because our cap situation and byrd will get the most interset and money Idont see us getting him. In fact cause of our cap I dont see us do much in free aagency. We better hope for a strong draft

Hawaii 5-0
01-22-2013, 12:28 AM
Steelers 2013 salary cap options - Safeties

By SteelCityRoller on Jan 19

Pittsburgh has several key players whose contracts will demand special attention this off-season. Possible releases could consume one of the Steelers starting safeties - maybe both.

Suspicious minds are examining veteran contracts after general manager Kevin Colbert declared the Pittsburgh Steelers were "married" to no one. Key figures from championship rosters of the past are finding their careers exist on a bubble inflated with nostalgia.

As we continue our positional exploration of the 2013 roster and its compliance with the NFL salary cap, we have already recognized two highly paid players on the bubble list - Willie Colon and James Harrison. Opening the safety group reveals two more players whose tenures are in question, both starters - Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark.

Polamalu, Pittsburgh's long-haired legend, missed nine games in his tenth NFL season. Despite healthily starting every game in 2011 and the final five contests of 2012, some have come to label him as injury-prone. Polamalu has played in 130 of 160 regular season games since being drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He has appeared in every possible game for five of his ten seasons.

At 31 years of age, one would assume he should be able to fulfill his contract, which has two years remaining; but people are questioning whether the Steelers should honor his contract, which accounts for the fourth-highest cap hit in 2013, based on a perceived uncertainty surrounding his ability to play an entire season, as time continues to erode the abilities which make him unique and dominant.

Polamalu is scheduled for cap hits of $10,387,500 (2013) and $11,137,500 (2014), but only $2,887,500 of each year is considered dead money - residual cap designations from signing bonuses which cannot be reassigned or restructured. With dead money being considerably low in ratio to base salaries, his contract has a wide range of options toward clearing cap space. We will focus on three.

First, Pittsburgh could release Polamalu - fear of injury or not - to clear some cap space in 2013, and all of his hit against 2014. His dead money would accelerate to a penalty of $5.775 million against 2013, but the Steelers would save $4,612,500 from his originally scheduled cap hit, while completely erasing his hit in 2014. The biggest problem with parting ways with Polamalu is the fact Pittsburgh doesn't have a definite replacement on the roster yet, leaving many to believe the Steelers will draft a safety early in the upcoming draft.

Should Pittsburgh decide to keep him for one more season, allowing a possible draft pick to understudy a future hall-of-famer, they could restructure his contract. Normally, team's don't restructure two year deals, but it would save some cap dollars without losing him in 2013. Should the team restructure $6.4 million of his $7.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, they could charge half ($3.2 million) to 2014, saving an equal amount in 2013. If Polamalu wants to play in 2014, the Steelers could offer him an extension without its own signing bonus, giving them extra years to spread restructured money across. An extension would allow the team to deal with a reduced dead money penalty in 2015, covering only money restructured out of 2013 and 2014.

The third option is to do nothing, allow him to play out 2013 and make the same tough decision prior to 2014, only with half of the penalty when considering release or retirement. The Steelers will most likely wish to retain him somehow, because all of the remaining safeties on their roster fit the mold of Clark, more than they do Polamalu.

The group of reserves behind the starters has only one member who was on the 53-man roster to open the 2012 season - Robert Golden. Golden saw most of his action on special teams and spot slot duty in defensive packages late in the season after Ike Taylor, Curtis Brown and Keenan Lewis began dealing with injuries. His flexibility between safety and corner make him a valuable player, but he will need to show more improvement before being considered as a possible starter.

Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith has spent the past several seasons bouncing between the Steelers active roster and its practice squad. He will need to have a tremendous training camp as he will not only be expected to outshine any incoming draft picks to earn the spot behind Polamalu on the depth chart, but also make Pittsburgh forget about their two top reserve safeties from 2012 - Ryan Mundy and Will Allen.

Allen re-endeared himself to the Steelers when he took over for a struggling and unproductive Mundy as the team patiently awaited Polamalu's recovery. Both Allen and Mundy are about to become unrestricted free agents. Unfortunately Mundy's performance has not warranted another contract, and Allen's years of experience will demand too high of a contract even at CBA-mandated minimum, because of the team's position in regards to the salary cap.

Even Clark could become a cap casualty in 2013 - the final year on his contract. He is the least likely to be released of our bubble list players, but after dealing with a couple of concussions in 2012, his physical style of play is taking a toll on his longevity. The only real option outside of doing nothing at all, would be to release him. Subtracting his dead money from his originally scheduled cap hit saves $3.5 million dollars against the cap. Clark was one of the biggest reasons for pass-defensive success as players were repeatedly subbed in for injured men this past season. However, as Colbert said, the Steelers aren't married to anybody anymore.

Little has changed, outside of adding both Polamalu and Clark to our bubble list. After positional breakdowns have been explored, the bubble list will be revisited to determine which players are preventing the club from being cap compliant. Our cut list remains the same as well, however it won't remain this way for long.

Even if Pittsburgh does not sign any free agents other than their own players whose contracts have expired, there are at least seven more players which have to be accounted for in our cap math - our upcoming draft picks. The following numbers are merely estimates - budgets to accommodate for eventual insertions. The Steelers are slated to select 17th. These figures were calculated by using the contracts of the 16th selections from each round of the 2012 draft, with an additional $15,000 per season of base salary to compensate for the league-wide increase in salary cap, rookie and veteran minimum scale, and tags and tenders. These estimates will be updated once actual contracts have been signed.

The biggest question now, is where to assign these numbers to our 53-man ledger. We will include these numbers to insure we maintain our relativity to the cap in reality. I will let the readers decide where to assign these designations. The poll below asks which position the Steelers will draft with their first round pick. Whichever position the majority selects is where we'll insert the draft selection and make any necessary cuts to make room for the new player.

In our next installment, we will insert our first draft pick and explore another group of multi-taskers. Safeties are required to support run defense and cover pass receivers. On offense, tight ends are expected to block defenders and catch passes. In Pittsburgh, a tight end is arguably the most important player of his team's offensive unit; but his injured knee will make his contract one of the most glaring issues for the Steelers front office.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/1/19/3887546/steelers-2013-salary-cap-options-safeties-roster-release-free-agents-polamalu-clark-allen

Hawaii 5-0
01-22-2013, 10:16 PM
2013 Senior Bowl: Monday Risers-Fallers

By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst
January 22, 2013

While one practice won't change a player's evaluation, every action a prospect makes during Senior Bowl week will be under a microscope.

RISERS

SS Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

In a talented safety group, Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien stood out on Monday with his aggressive playing style and active demeanor. He practiced at full speed and left it all out on the field, not shying away from getting physical. Whether it was a contact drill or not, Cyprien is going to meet the ballcarrier with a pop, refusing to let up. With Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) and D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina) deciding to skip Mobile, Cyprien has a chance to emerge as the top safety at this year's Senior Bowl.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/21595095/2013-senior-bowl-monday-risers-fallers

Hawaii 5-0
01-23-2013, 11:47 PM
Oklahoma football: Online report raises questions about NFL-bound Tony Jefferson

According to a controversial tidbit in a WalterFootball.com draft scouting report, OU coaches have told NFL scouts that Tony Jefferson had “horrible practice habits and a lack of work ethic in the weight room.”

By Jason Kersey | Published: January 23, 2013

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Tony Jefferson (1) speaks to the press at a media availability for the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) football team following practice on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Oklahoma football enters another offseason clouded by questions stemming from a second straight season largely defined by subpar defense.

The blame has fallen on two coordinators — first Brent Venables, then Mike Stoops — lacking talent on the defensive line, too much schematic tinkering and a conference filled with fantastic quarterbacks directing spread offenses.

But one online report raised questions about the second-team All-America safety, considered one of Oklahoma's defensive leaders the past two seasons.

According to a controversial tidbit in a WalterFootball.com draft scouting report, OU coaches have told NFL scouts that former safety Tony Jefferson — who chose to skip his senior season and enter April's NFL Draft — had “horrible practice habits and a lack of work ethic in the weight room.”

A spokeswoman for Octagon Football, which represents Jefferson, declined The Oklahoman's request Wednesday for an interview.

Jefferson, though, unleashed a barrage of tweets Tuesday in response to the report.

“Also y'all be careful who y'all let pat you on the back,” read the final part of Jefferson's several- tweet response. “They could be patting you on ur back to find a soft spot, just to stab you in it!”

In response to an OU fan on Twitter, Jefferson said, “been a leader in the weightroom since I got there.”

To another Twitter user, he said, “Coaches hate me man. It's all good tho.”

Sooner coaches never once specifically criticized Jefferson's work ethic or commitment; to the contrary, Mike Stoops often praised Jefferson for playing most of last season on a badly sprained ankle.

For much of his sophomore season, Jefferson played with a sprained knee.

ESPN.com ranks Jefferson as the fifth-best safety prospect available in the 2013 draft.

Last week on a conference call with reporters, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., said he expects Jefferson to be a second-round pick.

“I like the way he plays the game,” Kiper said. “He's got real good awareness. Real good instincts for the position. He's been a playmaker his whole career.”

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-football-online-report-raises-questions-about-nfl-bound-tony-jefferson/article/3748453

Hawaii 5-0
01-26-2013, 08:01 PM
2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Pro Bowl Week Edition)

Jan 26th, 2013 by Dominic Di Tolla

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Vaccaro FS (Texas)

Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu are not getting any younger, and Pittsburgh needs to begin with a legitimate “transition strategy” at both Safety positions. If the Steelers do look for a Safety early, they might be wise to target the talented Kenny Vaccaro (6’1″ 218 lbs.) to begin the re-building process in their Secondary. Vaccaro was the Longhorns’ leading Tackler last year (104) and added 4.0 TFL’s, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 2 Interceptions to his 2012 stat line. A two-and-a-half year starter at Texas (31 Starts, 50 Games), the physical Vaccaro played both Free and Strong Safety during his collegiate career and would be a welcome addition to any Safety-needy team like the Steelers.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2013/01/26/2013-nfl-mock-draft-3-0-pro-bowl-week-edition/2/

teegre
01-26-2013, 09:33 PM
2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Pro Bowl Week Edition)

Jan 26th, 2013 by Dominic Di Tolla

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Vaccaro FS (Texas)

Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu are not getting any younger, and Pittsburgh needs to begin with a legitimate “transition strategy” at both Safety positions. If the Steelers do look for a Safety early, they might be wise to target the talented Kenny Vaccaro (6’1″ 218 lbs.) to begin the re-building process in their Secondary. Vaccaro was the Longhorns’ leading Tackler last year (104) and added 4.0 TFL’s, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 2 Interceptions to his 2012 stat line. A two-and-a-half year starter at Texas (31 Starts, 50 Games), the physical Vaccaro played both Free and Strong Safety during his collegiate career and would be a welcome addition to any Safety-needy team like the Steelers.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2013/01/26/2013-nfl-mock-draft-3-0-pro-bowl-week-edition/2/

I love Elam... but, Vaccaro is 1-a.

cbrunn
01-26-2013, 10:41 PM
a trade with the Chiefs who want to jump back up and get Geno Smith ... their 2nd and 3rd and 4th (Draft Calculator says it's a fair trade)

2nd - WR - Justin Hunter or Quinton Patton
2nd - FS - Bacarri Rambo
3rd - CB - Robert Alford
3rd - OLB - Sio Moore
4th - RB - Mike Gillislee
4th - SS Jonathan Cyprein or Duke Williams
5th - TE - Michael Williams
6th - C/OG - Matt Stankiewitch
7th - Oline depth

that would be great ... but I really doubt anybody wants to trade up in this deep draft

SteelersCanada
01-26-2013, 11:47 PM
Geno Smith is a top 5 pick. He's either going to the Raiders or Eagles if he gets by the Chiefs - something I don't envision happening. They can take Joeckel, sure, but who is he protecting? Cassel? Not happening. This is a deep LT class now.

TJ McDonald in the second round makes a lot of sense.

cbrunn
01-27-2013, 08:03 AM
Geno Smith is a top 5 pick. He's either going to the Raiders or Eagles if he gets by the Chiefs - something I don't envision happening. They can take Joeckel, sure, but who is he protecting? Cassel? Not happening. This is a deep LT class now.

TJ McDonald in the second round makes a lot of sense.

TJ McDonald is meh ... he got burnt by Michael Williams a 270lb TE in the senior bowl ... No Thanks to Mcdonald, been saying no thanks from beginning of the season

Hawaii 5-0
02-25-2013, 11:22 PM
James C Wexell ‏@jimwexell:

#Steelers have scheduled a formal interview tonight with Texas first-round safety Kenny Vaccaro.

https://twitter.com/jimwexell

teegre
02-26-2013, 12:07 AM
James C Wexell ‏@jimwexell:

#Steelers have scheduled a formal interview tonight with Texas first-round safety Kenny Vaccaro.

https://twitter.com/jimwexell

Sweet.

(Any word on Elsm being interviewed.)