Yes, the Dallas Cowboys need a lot of help this year in the draft. They have a lot of holes to fill, most notably offensive and defensive line, but the talent pool at safety is probably the deepest.
The Cowboys also need to fill that hole. Dallas hasn’t had a solid safety core since George Teague and Darren Woodson. I know Roy Williams was good early, but he couldn’t cover a lineman downfield much less a wide receiver.
Dallas needs to go after a physical safety hopefully with good speed and the ability to keep up with fast receivers down field.
There are a few athletes with those attributes, but the first person who comes to mind is University of Texas defensive back Kenny Vaccaro.
Vaccaro is a strong, athletic safety with speed and the ability to play at the line. With Monte Kiffin’s addition to the Cowboy defense, Vaccaro adds a physical presence that has been missing since the Cowboys got rid of Roy Williams.
Vaccaro, 6’0″ 214 lbs., is a very good man defender, but needs a little practice realizing he might be used as the last line of defense in the Cowboys system.
He will surely add depth and athleticism to a Cowboys secondary had a hard time stopping offenses on third down.
Vaccaro attacks the run well. His best attribute is his ability to change direction and chase receivers downfield in order to stay with them in coverage. He may not be a great interceptor, but he has a knack for finding the ball. He ended last season at Texas with 92 tackles, 2 interceptions and broke up 7 passes.
He will be a good combo safety that allows the Cowboys to gamble on defense and play more aggressive around the line of scrimmage, and he can fill in if needed in Nickel or Dime situations.
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