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Is Kenny Vaccaro really a 1st round pick?

Bengals need a safety – YES Kenny Vaccaro is considered one of the top safeties – YES Therefore mock Vaccaro to the Bengals at #21 – NOT SO FAST! There are many skills that a player needs to be a successful safety in the NFL: Coverage ability, sure tackling, good angles, ball skills, etc... But probably one of the most important is SPEED Does Kenny Vaccaro have the speed necessary to be a 1st round pick in the 2013 NFL draft? Looking back at the last half dozen drafts, here are the 40 times for the safeties drafted in round 1: 2007 #6 Laron Landry ... 4.35 (combine) 2007 #19 Michael Griffin ...4.45 (combine), 4.40 (pro day) 2007 #21 Reggie Nelson ...4.43 (combine), 4.35 (pro day) 2008 #- N/A 2009 #- N/A 2010 #5 Eric Berry ...4.40 (combine) 2010 #14 Earl Thomas ... 4.43 (combine), 4.37 (pro day) 2011 #- N/A 2012 #7 Mark Barron ...4.54 (pro day) 2012 #29 Harrison Smith ... 4.54 (combine) In 2008, 2009, and 2011 there were no safeties drafted in round 1. If you figure that Malcolm Jenkins was a CB moved to safety, and in 2009 the top 2 picks of round 2 were safeties, the chart looks like this: 2007 #6 Laron Landry ... 4.35 (combine) 2007 #19 Michael Griffin ...4.45 (combine), 4.40 (pro day) 2007 #21 Reggie Nelson ...4.43 (combine), 4.35 (pro day) 2008 #14 Malcolm Jenkins ...4.51 (combine), 4.55 (pro day) 2009 #33 Louis Delmas ...4.52 (pro day) 2009 #34 Patrick Chung ...4.49 (combine) 2010 #5 Eric Berry ...4.40 (combine) 2010 #14 Earl Thomas ... 4.43 (combine), 4.37 (pro day) 2011 #- N/A 2012 #7 Mark Barron ...4.54 (pro day) 2012 #29 Harrison Smith ... 4.54 (combine) One thing these guys all have in common is speed. Their average 40 time (pro day & combine) is 4.46 seconds. And all of them were in the 4.5 range or faster. With that in mind, let us turn our gaze upon Kenny Vaccaro and his 4.63 second time in the 40. Is Kenny Vaccaro really a 1st round pick? This year looks to have a lot of solid depth at safety, so why reach for a guy who would likely not be a 1st round pick in most years?

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