Oct 6, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) looks into the back field during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. West Virginia beat Texas 48-45. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Pittsburgh Steelers Interested in Kenny Vaccaro

We will be entering the NFL Free Agency period next week, which is a time that greatly influences the direction that NFL teams decide to go in the draft, but it is still never too early to begin talking about potential suitors for the players in the 2013 NFL Draft class.

Sometimes the connection between a team and player is pure speculation, but then there are times where there is more weight to the report and this is one of those times.

The Pittsburgh Steelers scheduled a formal interview with Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro and met with him in Indianapolis during the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

Pittsburgh’s interest in the top safety prospect makes perfect sense when you look at their current situation in the defensive backfield.

Vaccaro is an incredibly versatile safety that has the ability to line up in the slot and cover receivers or fly around as a safety net and play center field. He has dynamic ball skills and has the makings of a future star at the next level.

For the Steelers, star safety Troy Polamalu is always injured after flying around like a missile and Ryan Clark will turn 34-years-old during the season. The need for youth is definitely there for the Steelers, but will Vaccaro even be available when they are on the clock?

There has been a little speculation that Vaccaro could go as high as pick five to the Detroit Lions and some consistent belief that he will be a top fifteen selection, so the Steelers would have to ante up and make a move to land the former Longhorns star.

If the interest is as great between the two sides as it seems, the Steelers should do what they need to make sure they land Vaccaro in April.

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