The Saints selected Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro with their 1st round pick. The Saints have picked up a monster at safety who can cover in the slot, in the backfield, on the line, or become the enforcer the Saints need on the line. Kenny is a great value pick, even with great value still on the board. Highly regarded as the best safety in the draft. Depth at safety is not as great in this draft as the Saints’s other positions of need.
While our analysis of this pick will follow this weekend, Vaccaro allows the Saints to move Harper around (or release him), or allow Malcom Jenkins to move back to corner back. No matter what the Saints decide to do with Vaccaro, the Saints have upgraded their defensive backfield so well that the pressure is now on the defensive front seven to produce pressure.
The Saints still have needs at outside linebacker, offensive tackle, and on the defensive line. Wide receiver is another need area with the loss of Devery Henderson and uncertainty behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore. A trade back into the first round is possible but unlikely.
No matter what you think of the Saints pick, you can be assured that the focus of the off-season was to make sure the Saints wouldn’t be embarrassed in the passing game again. It was a bit of a surprise, even with Jarvis Jones still on the board, but still a great pick and one necessary to upgrade the record-setting worst defense in the league last year.