Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
The draft is approaching and speculation about individual players is running high. One player frequently connected to Cincinnati is S Kenny Vaccaro and NFL analyst Mike Mayock believes that he would be an excellent fit for the Bengals.
As you may have gathered by now, safety is one of the biggest needs for the Bengals heading into the 2013 season. Other than Reggie Nelson, the pickings are sparse. Chris Crocker filled in admirably after being signed in late September, but his contract was only a one-year deal, which leaves the Bengals searching for a long-term solution. Luckily, this years draft class is chock-full of quality safeties, with NFL analyst Mike Mayock calling it "one of the best safety classes in years."
Mayock joined the media in a conference call on Monday to discuss his thoughts on the upcoming Scouting Combine and its participants. Mayock mostly fielded general information about his thoughts on position groups and the like, but he also fielded some team-specific questions.
Along the latter-mentioned theme, Mayock also unleashed this little tidbit of information (courtesy of Joe Reedy with The Cincinnati Enquirer):
This is exciting news for those contingent of Bengals fans hoping to see Vaccaro in stripes this year. If drafted, Vaccaro would fill a major hole in the defense. Given his versatility and potential, however, it is by no means a lock that he will slide all the way down to the No.21 spot, but if he does he would garner serious consideration by the team. CincyJungle's own Joe Goodberry has Vaccaro ranked as his number one overall safety prospect.