'13 Draft: S Rankings

Kenny Vaccaro

Here are the FoxSportsNext NFL Draft Rankings led by Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.

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1) Kenny Vaccaro (6-0/214)
Texas
Vaccaro shined in Austin, capping his career with 92 tackles and two picks this past season. This safety is a good athlete who displays very good cover skills and is very good in the run support game and playing in the box. His aggression sometimes leads to overrunning a play and missing some tackles in space.

2) Matt Elam (5-9.5/208)
Florida
Elam went three and out in Gainesville. This is a very instinctive safety that is always around the ball and making big plays. Elam is tough against the run and stout in coverage and at this best playing in the box. While Elam lacks the ideal size to play the safety position he makes up for it with his outstanding play making abilities. Elam showed during his high school and college that he's just an overall super football player.

3) Jonathan Cyprien (6-0/217)
Florida International
Cyprien had a very eye opening performance all week in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl. This is a big striker that can line up in the box and also play the pass in coverage. He also plays with very good range. Don't let him being from a mid-major like Florida International fool you. This kid can play and play both safety positions.

4) Eric Reid (6-1/213)
LSU
Reid is yet another All-American from the LSU secondary. This is an athletic safety that finished his career with six interceptions. Reid can also come up and thump you in run support. He has the ability to play both safety positions and looks like he has a very good future on Sundays.

5) D.J. Swearinger (5-11/208)
South Carolina
Swearinger made 2nd team All-SEC as a senior after he recorded 79 tackles, two interceptions, and forced two fumbles. He's one of the hardest hitters in this draft. Swearinger, who is capable of playing both free and strong safety, possesses good cover skills. His stock is on the rise.

6) Phillip Thomas (6-0/208)
Fresno State
Thomas is a playmaker. He had 13 career interceptions and forced six fumbles. Thomas is a physical presence at the safety position. He's versatile enough to play either strong or free but likely plays the later. Thomas doesn't have elite speed but shows good range and puts himself in good position to make plays. Prior to the 2011 season he broken his leg and ankle.

7) Shamarko Thomas (5-8/5/213)
Syracuse
Thomas led the Orange in tackles in 2012 with 88. He's an undersized strong safety that plays well near the box and line of scrimmage. Thomas plays with super aggression and a high motor. He does possess good cover skills.

8) Bacarri Rambo (6-0/211)
Georgia
Rambo, like Thomas above, is a safety that just makes plays. He finished with 16 career picks. He plays with good instincts and has good range. Rambo tracks the ball well and has good ball skills. He's another aggressive hitter, always looking for the monster hit.

9) Duke Williams (6-0/190)
Nevada
Williams is a three-year starter for Nevada. In that time he recorded 262 tackles and four interceptions. He also had 14.5 tackles for a loss. Thomas has very good measurables. Williams can play free safety as a centerfielder and shows the ability to cover a lot of ground. He's also good in run support.

10) Earl Wolff (5-11/209)
North Carolina State
Wolff started for roughly three and a half years for the Wolfpack and he showed good improvement each season. Wolff recorded 330 tackles since 2010. Wolff is very good in run support, as he shows good play recognition. He plays the pass well and is more comfortable in more of a zone system, which is primarily what they played at N.C. State.

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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't reflect the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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