December 28, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) reacts after sacking California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Maynard (15) during the second quarter in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draft 2013: Dallas Cowboys Select...

This pick was made by Matthew Johnson from Sport DFW

The Dallas Cowboys select Kenny Vaccaro.

Vaccaro is a strong, athletic safety with speed and the ability to play at the line. With Monte Kiffin’s addition to the Cowboy defense, Vaccaro adds a physical presence that has been missing since the Cowboys got rid of Roy Williams.

Vaccaro, 6’0″ 214 lbs., is a very good man defender, but needs a little practice realizing he might be used as the last line of defense in the Cowboys system.

He will surely add depth and athleticism to a Cowboys secondary had a hard time stopping offenses on third down.

Vaccaro attacks the run well. His best attribute is his ability to change direction and chase receivers downfield in order to stay with them in coverage. He may not be a great interceptor, but he has a knack for finding the ball. He ended last season at Texas with 92 tackles, 2 interceptions and broke up 7 passes.

He will be a good combo safety that allows the Cowboys to gamble on defense and play more aggressive around the line of scrimmage, and he can fill in if needed in Nickel or Dime situations.

Here is how the draft currently stands:

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dion Jordan, defensive end, Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns — Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama
7. Arizona Cardinals — Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma
8. Buffalo Bills —  Chance Warmack, guard, Alabama
9. New York Jets — Jarvis Jones, linebacker, Georgia
10. Tennessee Titans — Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina
11. San Diego Chargers —  Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah
12. Miami Dolphins —  Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State
13. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay) — Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia
14. Carolina Panthers — Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri
15. New Orleans Saints — Barkevious Mingo, defensive end, LSU
16. St. Louis Rams — Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Tennessee
17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Tyler Eifert, tight end, Notre Dame
18. Dallas Cowboys — Kenny Vaccaro, safety, Texas

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