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2013 MCM Mock Draft: With the 15th pick, the New Orleans Saints select...

The run on defenders continues...

Chris Trotman

With the 15th pick of the 2013 Music City Miracles Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints (represented by PVSam) select:

Kenny Vaccaro, S, University of Texas


From PVSam:

The Saints were dead last in yards given up per game last year. They gave up 57 more yards per game than the next lowest ranked team. Fifty Freaking Seven yards more than the second worst team. That's disgusting. Needless to say, they need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball.

With the hiring of Rob Ryan, the Saints plan on moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense for the 2013 season. They were hoping that one of the four highly-rated hybrid DE/OLB (Mingo, Ansah, Dion Jordan and Jarvis Jones) would fall to them at this spot. But, alas, they were all chosen very early in the draft.

Bjoern Werner, Datone Jones and Tank Carradine all profile as 4-3 DEs and won't fit in the Saints new scheme. Alec Ogletree, Te'o and Arthur Brown are considered ILB. So instead of reaching for a rushing linebacker, such as Damontre Moore or Alex Okafor, they decided to shore up another problem area from last year, their safeties. While Roman Harper is a decent (and dirty) Strong Safety, they really need help at the Free Safety position. Vaccaro is the highest rated safety in a pretty deep class. He has no problem covering bigger tight ends and can keep up while covering smaller slot receivers. He is a normally sound tackler who decides to head hunt every once in a while, which can cause him to miss some sure tackles. I've heard him described as a raw Charles Woodson, which is some high praise. The Saints hope he can help them stop somebody....anybody next year.

Now on the clock: The Saint of MCM and the St Louis Rams

  1. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, TAMU
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
  3. Oakland Raiders - Geno Smith, QB, WVU
  4. Philadelphia Eagles - Dee Milliner, CB, UA
  5. Detroit Lions - Eric Fisher, OT, CMU
  6. Cleveland Browns - Jarvis Jones, OLB, UGA
  7. Arizona Cardinals - Matt Barkley, QB, USC
  8. Buffalo Bills - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
  9. New York Jets - Ziggy Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
  10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, OG, UA
  11. San Diego Chargers - Lane Johnson, OT, OU
  12. Miami Dolphins - Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Desmond Trufant, CB, UW
  14. Carolina Panthers - Shariff Floyd, DT, UF
  15. New Orleans Saints - Kenny Vaccaro, S, UT
  16. St Louis Rams -