Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Giants Giants
August 9th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-26-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
Hawaii 5-0
Armchair QB
Supporter
 
Hawaii 5-0's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: The Aloha State
Posts: 8,349
Gender: Male
Member Number: 24013
Thanks: 6,886
Thanked 9,262 Times in 3,959 Posts
My Mood: Amused
Default Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers



Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro (Revere/Getty Images)

By Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.net
Posted Feb 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – It was way back under the sunny skies of May 23, during the first week of OTAs, on the South Side of Pittsburgh, when the Steelers ...

... – specifically free safety Ryan Clark – were having some fun with one another.
After one of Todd Haley’s plays ended in frustration for his quarterback, Clark hollered across the field to coach Mike Tomlin that “if your quarterback’s going to hold the ball that long, you better draft more offensive linemen next year!”

To which Tomlin replied, “I’m going safety – free safety!”

Well, hello, there, Kenny Vaccaro.

The Steelers sat down with Vaccaro, the safety out of Texas, for a formal interview at the NFL Combine, which no doubt tested Vaccaro’s knowledge of whatever Dick LeBeau might throw at him in a South Side meeting room.

No word on how well Vaccaro fared in the battery of tests, but judging from the way he came off to the media – a poised and intelligent winner – Vaccaro did well with Tomlin, LeBeau and Co.

“Vaccaro, to me, is a really good football player on tape,” said draft analyst Mike Mayock during a Combine press conference. “I’ll be surprised if he gets past the top 15 or so.”

Perhaps the Steelers, who are scheduled to draft 17th, are hoping to be part of the “or so.”

Presently, their starting safeties either can’t play in Denver (33-year-old Clark) or are injury prone (soon-to-be 32-year-old Troy Polamalu).

Vaccaro can play both free and strong safety, and would fit right into the depth chart as a backup safety since both Will Allen and Ryan Mundy are unrestricted free agents. He was also Texas’s Special Teams MVP as a sophomore.

And Vaccaro can cover slot receivers. He’s been lauded by scouts for the job he did on WVU slot receiver Tavon Austin, who did have 108 yards of offense against Texas. But against Oklahoma and highly regarded free safety Tony Jefferson, Austin had 426 combined offensive yards.

“Me and Tavon were going at it all game,” said Vaccaro. “He’s a great player but I think I did pretty good. I mean, he’s one of the most explosive players in the country and I think I was right there with him.”

Vaccaro measured 6-0, 214 pounds at the Combine.

The nephew of former NFL cornerback A.J. Johnson opted against coming out for the draft last year after receiving a second-round grade from the NFL’s Draft Advisory Committee, and Vaccaro came back and made 91 tackles (ESPN.com) with 2 interceptions as a senior.

He’s had only 5 interceptions in his four-year career (2½-year starter) but Vaccaro has the size, speed and blitzing ability to become the playmaking type of safety LeBeau and Carnell Lake can groom behind either Clark or Polamalu.

“I think people are starting to appreciate safeties more, now that tight ends are changing to freaks and controlling the middle of the field,” Vaccaro said. “You’ve got to have a safety who can cover and come up and hit.”

Got to. Even if it means taking one in the first round.

http://pit.scout.com/2/1269779.html
__________________
Hawaii 5-0 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Hawaii 5-0 For This Useful Post:
teegre (02-26-2013)
Old 02-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
wwhickok
Starter
 
wwhickok's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 426
Gender: Male
Member Number: 24713
Thanks: 9
Thanked 27 Times in 22 Posts
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

I could deal with that mock.
__________________
The Stong Conquer the Weak, The Mighty Make the Rules -- self-written.
wwhickok is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to wwhickok For This Useful Post:
Hawaii 5-0 (02-26-2013)
Old 02-26-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
teegre
Living Legend
Supporter
 
teegre's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 12,736
Member Number: 24108
Thanks: 16,499
Thanked 17,491 Times in 7,391 Posts
My Mood: Dead
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

Everyone knows that I love Elam.

But...

As I was saying in another thread, I'd be very happy with Vaccaro. How do I explain this... Ah, okay. Not that either of these young safeties is at this level, but Elam versus Vaccaro is akin to Polamslu versus Reed: personal preference (both are HOF-level). I personally like Elam, but I'm smart enough to know that Vaccaro is arguably just as good (both are amazing).
teegre is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to teegre For This Useful Post:
Hawaii 5-0 (02-26-2013), TheVet (02-26-2013)
Old 02-26-2013, 12:09 PM   #4
wwhickok
Starter
 
wwhickok's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 426
Gender: Male
Member Number: 24713
Thanks: 9
Thanked 27 Times in 22 Posts
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

Quote:
Originally Posted by teegre View Post
Everyone knows that I love Elam.

But...

As I was saying in another thread, I'd be very happy with Vaccaro. How do I explain this... Ah, okay. Not that either of these young safeties is at this level, but Elam versus Vaccaro is akin to Polamslu versus Reed: personal preference (both are HOF-level). I personally like Elam, but I'm smart enough to know that Vaccaro is arguably just as good (both are amazing).
Move over, I'm hopping on your bandwagon! Completely agree with you!
__________________
The Stong Conquer the Weak, The Mighty Make the Rules -- self-written.
wwhickok is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to wwhickok For This Useful Post:
teegre (02-26-2013), TheVet (02-26-2013)
Old 02-26-2013, 12:18 PM   #5
teegre
Living Legend
Supporter
 
teegre's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 12,736
Member Number: 24108
Thanks: 16,499
Thanked 17,491 Times in 7,391 Posts
My Mood: Dead
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

Quote:
Originally Posted by wwhickok View Post
Move over, I'm hopping on your bandwagon! Completely agree with you!
Plenty of room... hopefully, Colbert & Tomlin will join us.
teegre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
wwhickok
Starter
 
wwhickok's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 426
Gender: Male
Member Number: 24713
Thanks: 9
Thanked 27 Times in 22 Posts
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

Quote:
Originally Posted by teegre View Post
Plenty of room... hopefully, Colbert & Tomlin will join us.
I have a really good feeling that they will. I really do. Ive liked Vaccaro all along and I really think he would be a great addition. I also think he can play either S position which gives them the ability to draft a FS in a later round. I dont know if Elam is versatile in the same way, he may be, Im just more familiar with Vaccaro in that respect.
__________________
The Stong Conquer the Weak, The Mighty Make the Rules -- self-written.
wwhickok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 01:32 PM   #7
GMU Steeler
Team Owner
 

Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 2,894
Member Number: 16173
Thanks: 42
Thanked 725 Times in 402 Posts
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

I'd be happy with him. I especially like hearing that he can play either spot. Versatility is always a plus. I think we draft a safety in either round one or two. I think one good enough will land in our laps and it's obvious that management and the coaching staff want one and we do need one with Troy and Ryan over 30.
GMU Steeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 02:17 PM   #8
wwhickok
Starter
 
wwhickok's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 426
Gender: Male
Member Number: 24713
Thanks: 9
Thanked 27 Times in 22 Posts
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

Quote:
Originally Posted by GMU Steeler View Post
I'd be happy with him. I especially like hearing that he can play either spot. Versatility is always a plus. I think we draft a safety in either round one or two. I think one good enough will land in our laps and it's obvious that management and the coaching staff want one and we do need one with Troy and Ryan over 30.
Keep in mind that is my belief. He has skills much like Troy, his major weakness is, like Troy there are times where instead of wrapping a guy up, he tries to drive through them. CBS Sports has Vaccaro listed with the FS's but as a SS. He mostly played FS but it is believed he had the skillset to play either position. That versatility may be unique to Pittsburgh given how they use Troy. Not being an expert I cant say for sure.
__________________
The Stong Conquer the Weak, The Mighty Make the Rules -- self-written.
wwhickok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 02:27 PM   #9
Vis
In Hoc
Supporter
 
Vis's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 6,986
Gender: Male
Member Number: 5117
Thanks: 490
Thanked 3,956 Times in 2,034 Posts
My Mood: Mellow
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

We would have to move up
__________________


All generalizations are dangerous.
Vis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 03:06 PM   #10
austinfrench76
Head Coach
 
austinfrench76's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,603
Member Number: 3516
Thanks: 752
Thanked 482 Times in 295 Posts
Default Re: Kenny Vaccaro Ideal Fit for Interested Steelers

Would love this pick!!! Or Elam??!!
austinfrench76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts