METAIRIE, La. — With training camp for the New Orleans Saints about to begin, Brownwood native Kenny Vaccaro reported with the rest of the rookies Thursday.
Vaccaro, drafted in the first round by the Saints, was the 15th overall pick and the first safety taken in the draft. The Saints expect Vaccaro to cover wide receivers and tight ends and be a help on the blitz.
Vaccaro was also the first rookie drafted in the first round to come to contract terms with his team and is happy to be settling in to New Orleans.
“I was ready to be drafted out of the combine,” Vaccaro said in a video on the New Orleans Saints’ official website, neworleanssaints.com, which was shot during OTAs in June. “I’m glad to be the first rookie to sign. I can’t imagine not knowing where you are going to live.”
Vaccaro said he was adjusting to the defensive scheme and has prepared well for training camp.
“I’m picking up the defense really well and studying a lot,” Vaccaro further stated in the video. “The NFL is a lot more complex than college.”
The Saints’ start practice Friday, July 26 and open their preseason schedule Aug. 9 in Kansas City against the Chiefs.
Vaccaro, a 2008 graduate of Early High School, played one year for the Early Longhorns and two for the Brownwood Lions. Vaccaro was a four-year defensive back for the Texas Longhorns, playing in 51 games and starting 32. He was also named to Pro Football Weekly’s 2012 All-American team as a senior.