December 28, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) and teammates celebrate following a 21-10 win against the California Golden Bears in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Draft Watch: Texas SS Kenny Vaccaro


Last season I fell in love with the idea of adding an elite safety through the draft with our first round pick over our obvious need of a pass rusher. Those dreams died as soon as Tampa Bay selected Mark Barron before we even had a chance to sniff that possibility.

Maybe we could think about adding a big time safety this time around, when the need to get help on the offensive line is painfully obvious. If we are looking to add a safety in the first round, it would be Texas SS Kenny Vaccaro.

Vaccaro is a 6-foot-nothing, 214 pound safety out of Texas hat can also help line up as a nickel corner for the team. We already have Brandon Taylor on the roster, but Taylor is an AJ Smith player. Tom Telesco doesn’t have to attach himself to that draft pick and can bring on whatever playmaker he feels can contribute to the roster. Vaccaro could be the starter and Taylor can jump in during the nickel defense.

Vaccaro could be the hard hitter on the back lines and can allow Eric Weddle to roam around even more and find that football. It will give the Chargers a solid safety duo for years to come and it will give the corners a little more comfort having those guys back there.

Where will we get that help on the offensive front if we select Vaccaro in the first? We wait till the next couple of rounds and find some players then. We find that left tackle in round 2 and then hope to find a middle linebacker and corner in the following rounds.

Having another stud safety will do wonders for the defense and can help get more opportunities for Philip Rivers on offense. What do you all think about Vaccaro?


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  • tbell11

    I would love Vaccaro if all elite OT and pass rushers are gone, but Telesco has already said he likes Taylor.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Me too! However, I’m hoping that saying you like a player, doesn’t mean you don’t see that there has been a heavy need for a safety on this team for a very long time. We lost out on Barron & Harrison last draft.. and both started, and played well. Norv & AJ squandered Taylor’s rookie season, much like they have squandered River’s and Gate’s careers, to some extent. He was riding the pine behind a crappy free agent safety, who isn’t even here anymore. Taylor only got a handful of plays, before he got one of the most horrific injuries in football. Had he been put into play more often (especially when hope was gone) we would at least have SOME idea of what he is capable of. But, we don’t even know if he can start when the season begins. And, if he does, he will be rusty.. and he has almost zero NFL experience, still.
      I’m not saying Taylor is done, at all. But, one thing I have learned in life is… if the opportunity is there… take it. Don’t mess about.I can think of a lot worse problems than having two good safeties.. especially when we have had nothing in that department for years.

  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    There it is lol! He’s being compared to Weddle already and if you watch his tape you’ll see why, Eerily similar! Who better to help them transition into the NFL? Whats better than 1 Weddle? 2 Weddles lol!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      just for you!

      • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

        You rock!

  • me

    got taylor and stuckey already, dont use a top pick on a position that doesnt really need it. maybe a 2nd on safety, but no higher

    • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

      People vastly underestimate the importance of BOTH safety positions. SS has been a revolving door for a long time in SD. Taylor suffered a bad injury that takes a long time to fully recover from, He might be back for the beginning of the season but i don’t think there is any way he makes it into training camp and he REALLY needs to be in training camp! He’s still very raw. If Stuckey was going to step up and fill that role i would think he would have done it by now. Cox will be a solid corner on one side and i think Wright can step up and fill the roll on the other, Gilchrist is a solid nickle corner. Solidifying the SS position could do wonders for our secondary and make all the corners look good!

      • me

        but is vacarro THAT much better than a cyprien, or eloy…or anothere ss available in the 2nd?

        • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

          Cyprien is a small school guy who’s stock shot up at the senior bowl. He may very well turn out to be a very good player but has not done enough to warrant coming out of the draft and becoming an immediate starter imo. Elam is very solid too and i would be happy if we end up with him in the 2nd somehow. I just think the similarities between Vaccaro and Weddle would make for an awesome tandem, Both of them can play either FS or SS. I can see Pags moving the two of them around and causing all kinds of confusion

  • 619chargers4life

    i would not be mad at all with a draft scenario that played out like the one u just stated. on a side note. i also wouldnt mind if stuckey finally gets his shot to win that job either . he should be the week 1 starter anyway with taylor out. hence the chance to win that job. stuckey should show out during the preseason. cant wait to see these battles play out . Go Chargers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    Sooo… hearing we just added 3 players? o.O

  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    Chargers have signed WR Deon Butler, WR Dan DePalma and CB Cornelius Brown, team announces. – Michael Gehlken

    • Rob Base

      What’s up with that? Butler had been on practice squad with Seattle and is injury prone. DePalma was on practice squad with Gaints and Brown played for Colts and Bears.

      • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

        Training camp competition would be my guess

  • Rob Base

    If we don’t take Austin sense were signing practice squad WR’s I’m down with Vaccaro Stucky is a special team player and Taylor will be lucky if he makes it to camp coming back from injury.

  • Cgoodness13

    He should be a last resort 1st round pick.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Ernie!!! Thank you for posting this… I know you did it just for me. = )

    I will say this.. Vaccaro is a 6-foot-”nothing”… couldn’t you just have used a zero? Hahaha! Tell us how you really feel, why don’t you? Cheers, mate.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Hahaha… Was wondering how to word 6-foot-0… I tend to write how I would say it. Haha… A few people have been asking for the Vaccaro post. Some peeps love them some Vaccaro. I wouldn’t be mad. I don’t know too many players I would be mad about tho

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        LOL… I know. Just messing with you. But, don’t you get the feeling that it is almost inevitable that o-line will be a second round concern? If an elite LT falls, great! But, if not… wouldn’t you want to make the second best player on the team’s life a LOT easier? Hasn’t Weddle endured the same type of revolving door that Rivers has? Sanders, Gregory, Bigby, Lynch, now Taylor is down? I know Rivers gets sacked, and has more pressure on his shoulders.. but, has he not earned the right to show you what a REAL defense is made of?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          It’s true. How can I deny having to Weddles on defense?

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    One play of Weddle’s from last season that always haunts me, for some reason, was that Pick-Six that he had to open that 2nd Denver game.
    I got that “Lovin” feeling that he got them started, but it was all downhill
    from there. CB’s sucked. Bigby sucked. Pass rush couldn’t get it done.
    Denver is going to run a TON of spread, and we are going to be in
    nickel constantly. I almost feel like that is the only way to keep it
    close. We put up 28 unanswered points against Denver in the first
    match-up. But then Manning tore apart that secondary. Once he gets going.. you have almost no chance. Sure, there were
    defensive plays that resulted in TD’s, and our offense was awful in that 2nd quarter.. because of our crappy o-line. But, a HUGE part of it was that Manning was scoring at will! Everyone keeps talking about the o-line… but, had the defense been able to hang in the second half of that game, or the New Orleans game, the offense didn’t need to be that good. There were games like the Cleveland game (which was wet), and the Falcons game.. which was.. well, the Falcons were doing that to everyone (chalk that up as a loss). But, even the Ravens game was lost on a defensive breakdown. The Tampa game should never have been that close. We are just awful at getting off the field on 3rd down! Blame it on AJ, blame it on Manusky, blame it on Norv… whoever… the secondary needs another playmaker now! I think we have the best chance with Vaccaro. The Cowboy… because, I don’t think it’s Rhodes, and Milliner probably won’t be there, along with any LT’s.