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Checking in with SB Nation's site for all things NFL Draft to see who they are projecting the Houston Texans will take with the 27th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, plus some thoughts on that player as a Houston Texan.
MTD has its latest mock draft up. Their current guess as to who the Texans will take with the twenty-seventh pick of the 2013 NFL Draft?
27. Houston Texans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Even if Glover Quin is brought back, Vaccaro is the best safety in the draft this year and could be a star as Houston's free safety. He can cover and hit, and will be forced by coordinator Wade Phillips to play with more discipline.
Despite my devotion to my alma mater, I can unequivocally say that my initial reaction to this selection, if it was to happen on April 25th, would not be positive. I have zero scouting expertise, so take my opinion with several large cubes of salt: I am extremely skeptical about Vaccaro's ability to consistently cover in the NFL.
He can hit, sure (though there were far too many instances of poor tackling this past season, a disturbing ailment that affected many on the Horns' defense, nowhere more than in the secondary). In a lot of ways, I think of Bernard Pollard when I watch Vaccaro. Pollard was--and still is--a very good box safety. But in coverage? Texans fans remember watching Pollard in coverage, and it wasn't usually a pretty sight.
Consequently, I would not be a fan of the Texans adding Vaccaro in the first round. Especially with a legitimate option at inside linebacker like Kevin Minter still on the board. What say you?