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?