Lions Could Add S Kenny Vaccaro With Fifth Overall Pick

Kenny Vaccaro is in many NFL general manager’s top 10 lists, according to Russ Lande.


“I mean everybody has him in the top 10,” said Lande in the report, talking about Vaccaro. “He’s a ball-hawking safety that can come up and hit and tackle. He’s the real deal. I wouldn’t be shocked if Detroit — if there’s no elite pass-rusher there — Detroit at No. 5 [overall] may take him. He’s really good.”

This is the most effusive praise we’ve heard about Vaccaro, who looked like a late first-round pick by all indications.

The Lions need to upgrade both their pass rush and their defensive backfield, so look for the team to consider both positions with their first pick.

Vaccaro does a lot of things well, but his forte is his physicality in the box. That said, he can also make plays on the ball.

It’s surprising to hear Vaccaro’s name in top 10 consideration, but it makes some sense considering last year’s top safety, Mark Barron, went seventh overall.

The Lions need to find a defensive enforcer this offseason, considering their offense was relatively effective last season and their defense is what held the team back.

Vaccaro, along with a host of pass rushers, will be in consideration at the top of the round for Detroit and it’ll be interesting to see where the Lions go with their pick.

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