Now this is interesting. The Miami Dolphins are set to work out Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro, who is the best safety in the 2013 NFL Draft and has the ability to play at either strong safety or free safety, according to a source close to James Walker of ESPN’s AFC East blog. A workout with Vaccaro would have made more sense had the Dolphins not re-signed free safety Chris Clemons, but they were able to re-sign Clemons on a surprisingly cheap deal to keep a very good safety tandem intact with rising star Reshad Jones locked into the other spot.
The Dolphins hold the 12th pick in the draft, and Vaccaro is expected to be taken within the first 17 picks of the draft. This could be a smokescreen from the Dolphins in order to provoke teams into trading up; they likely want to make other teams feel less secure about their chances of nabbing Vaccaro from their spot. This draft is laced with talented safeties, though, so teams might not fall for the Dolphins bait (if this is indeed a motive for working out Vaccaro).
But the Dolphins could also be interested in Vaccaro anyway and just want to work him out to explore all available options. The Dolphins have needs at cornerback and offensive tackle that need to be addressed, and many people believe that they will trade up into the top ten in this draft to try and draft Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson to shore up their situation at tackle. It would also make more sense for them to draft a cornerback like Xavier Rhodes or Desmond Trufant at 12 instead of Vaccaro, but it is true that Vaccaro is better than either of those CBs.
The report from Walker that the Dolphins will work out Kenny Vaccaro is extremely interesting, and I’m sure Dolphins fans will be weighing in heavily on this subject.
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