11. San Diego Chargers — Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Chargers will be on their knees begging teams not to take Eric Fisher, and maybe there’s a chance he falls, but I don’t see that happening. Kenny Vaccaro is the best safety in this class it appears, and he would be a big time upgrade to go alongside Eric Weddle in the San Diego secondary. Corey Lynch started four games last year and was solid, but Vaccaro is a guy you can’t pass on if the OT situation isn’t looking good. Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is another option, but maybe a reach.
They passed on the offensive line selection and went to fill a hole in the defensive backfield. Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel were already gone and that will most likely be the case, but there was a possibility of drafting Chance Warmack or Lane Johnson.
If the Chargers address some offensive line holes in free agency, then this could be a possible move. Brandon Taylor was supposed to be the future at safety, but that was AJ Smith’s guy. Tom Telesco is running the show now and he may want to fill that hole at safety with a different player. Atari Bigby and Corey Lynch are serviceable for a season, but they are not the answer.
Kenny Vaccaro could be the top safety taken in the draft. Teaming him up with Eric Weddle would create a dynamic tandem in the secondary.
The safety position is not are biggest need in the draft and we shouldn’t use our first round pick here on Vaccaro. He isn’t even the best player available I. The board. If Chance Warmack is available with that 11th pick, he will be tough to pass on.
Here is the analysis on Vaccaro from CBS Sports:
Possessing the prototype combination of size and athleticism to man the free or strong safety position in the NFL, Vaccaro strongly considered leaving Texas for the NFL after last season. Based on feedback I’ve received from league sources, Vaccaro likely would have earned a second-round selection had he left early and will compete for a spot amongst the top 32 this year.