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2013 DBN Mock Draft: Tennessee Titans Select Kenny Vaccaro at No. 10


With the tenth pick in the 2013 Dawgs By Nature NFL Community Mock Draft, the Tennessee Titans select...

Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

This selection and write-up was made by pt_999:

This is a stretch considering all of the other great players that can be drafted at the tenth spot. Why would I pick Vaccaro for the Titans? There is a simple answer: the void that the Titans have at the strong safety position needs to filled for the sake of the secondary. Strong safety was the worst-managed position for the Titans last season, according to sources, with Jordan Babineaux being benched multiple times and released this offseason, prompting the Titans to sign veteran free agent George Wilson. Wilson is over 30 years old and is past his prime, so drafting Vaccaro to learn from a veteran like Wilson will help him and the Titans in the long run.

Free safety Michael Griffin, who just got a contract extension last offseason, needs for there to be stability at the other safety position in order for him to play at his best. Wilson won't be that player for long, so drafting his replacement in Vaccaro makes sense. There are players like Bjoern Werner, Star Lotulelei, Jonathan Cooper, and Xavier Rhodes who are better prospects, but the Titans can find players in those position in the later rounds to draft. They've also signed their offensive guard in free agency in Andy Levitre. If Dee Milliner was still available, I would have drafted him to add another starting cornerback, but since he was gone, I don't think Rhodes or Trufant are worth the 10th pick. There are a bunch of other good cornerbacks sitting in the later rounds, but not that many elite safeties.

From Vaccaro's scouting report, he possesses all the skills and has the frame of a NFL strong safety, and can drop back into the free safety position for coverage. His overall style of play and skills are being compared to the Chargers' Eric Weddle. The impact Vaccaro will have is that either he will out-work Wilson for the starting job, or the Titans will have him learn under Wilson, and make him the eventual starter, either part-way through this season or in 2014.

In terms of where he has been projected, Vaccaro might seem like a slight reach. He seems to be touted as a very sound safety, though, and in that case, I don't think anyone at ten or later is much of a reach. I think the Titans would still go with an offensive guard if Warmack was available, or a cornerback if Milliner was available. Since both of them are off the board, Vaccaro can hopefully be a presence in coverage against the Texans' and Colts' passing attacks.

The San Diego Chargers are up next, led by JamesPowell.

2013 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Pos School User
1 Kansas City Dee Milliner CB Alabama BuenosAires_Dawg
2 Jacksonville Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon Adrock2099
3 Oakland Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M TuckJob
4 Philadelphia Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan Chalmdeezy
5 Detroit Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB BYU macdowellm03
6 Cleveland Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia Cedarpoint2k3
7 Arizona Chance Warmack OG Alabama Mudville
8 Buffalo Geno Smith QB West Virginia Stigosaurus
9 New York Jets Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee notthatnoise
10 Tennessee Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas pt_999
11 San Diego

12 Miami

13 Tampa Bay

14 Carolina

15 New Orleans

Ted Washington's Belly
16 St. Louis

17 Pittsburgh

18 Dallas

19 New York Giants

20 Chicago

21 Cincinnati

22 St. Louis

23 Minnesota

24 Indianapolis

Mike Krupka
25 Minnesota

26 Green Bay

Jon Stinchcomb
27 Houston

The B-Train
28 Denver

29 New England

30 Atlanta

Matt Wood
31 San Francisco

32 Baltimore