With the 15th pick in the NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints took Kenny Vaccaro, safety from Texas. He is strong and athletic and he is capable of playing either safety position. He can play all over the field, something that the Saints desperately need.
The Saints defense in 2012 was a joke and caused them to suffer through a 7-9 season despite another tremendous year for Drew Brees.. They gave up the second most passing yards and touchdowns in the NFL and led the league in net passing yards allowed per attempt. They were at the bottom of the league in rushing yards allowed and rushing yards per attempt as well.
We know what the offense is capable of, but if the Saints want to return to contender status now that Sean Payton is back they need to overhaul the defense. New Orleans had to forfeit their second round pick as part of their “bountygate” punishment so they really needed to make this top pick count.
The Saints needed to take a defensive player that can have an immediate impact and Vaccaro has the versatility to contribute in any number of ways. Outside linebacker or defensive end is also a glaring hole following a season where opposing QBs passer rating was 93.8 against New Orleans and their sack percentage was fourth worst in football.