Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro will more than likely be the first safety to come off the board next month at the NFL draft so it should be surprising that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been spotted Tuesday morning at his pro day.
Vaccaro, who ran a 4.63 forty yard dash at the NFL combine last month, won\’t be running on Tuesday; however, as he is currently recovering from a hip flexor injury that he suffered during a private workout. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas on Twitter, he will still do position drills for those in attendance.
Many of the top scouts believe that the 6-foot safety will be drafted in the middle part of the first round, so that is where the Steelers would more than likely have to take Vaccaro if they want him. Pittsburgh, however, has only drafted one safety in the first round in the history of organization and that was Troy Polamalu, who they traded up in the first round to take back in 2003.
The 2013 safety draft class is the deepest that it has been in years, so it would not be surprising if they decided to pass on Vaccaro, who is reportedly already 23 years old.
It should also be noted that the Dallas Cowboys, who pick immediately after the Steelers in round one, reportedly have a serious interest in keeping the Texas product in the state. Several believe that owner Jerry Jones is willing to move up a few spots on draft day to ensure that happens.