Vaccaro headed to Big Apple for NFL Draft
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April 22, 2013

Longhorns NFL Draft Index

Former Texas Longhorns safety Kenny Vaccaro is headed to New York this week and will attend the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Vaccaro is one of only 23 draft eligible players invited to attend and one of three Big 12 players invited.

The draft will commence on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. CT for Round 1 and then continue Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. CT for Rounds 2 and 3. Rounds 4 through 7 will begin on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. CT.

"We have had a lot of guys that are invited to New York for the draft and it has always been a highlight," said Texas head coach Mack Brown. "It obviously means that you are going to be a first-round pick and very high on people's list. It is an experience that he should enjoy. It is a great compliment to not only Kenny and not only [assistant head coach/defensive backs coach] Duane Akina, but to our entire program."

Since assistant head coach/defensive backs coach Duane Akina arrived in 2001, 11 of his 12 starting cornerbacks have gone on to play in the NFL, with five having been first-round picks. Texas currently has the most defensive backs in the NFL of any Big 12 school with 11 total, and also leads the Big 12 for NFL players in seven of nine position groups.

Vaccaro, from Brownwood, Texas, led the team with a career-high 107 tackles (60 solo) in 2012. He also tallied four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, four quarterback hurries and five pass break ups. He was voted 2012 team captain (along with DE Alex Okafor) at the end of the season by his teammates.

Vaccaro was selected as a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly in 2012. He was was also tabbed first-team 2012 All-Big 12 by the league's coaches for the second season in a row and was named second-team AP All-Big 12 by a panel of sportswriters who cover the league. Vaccaro was selected first-team AP All-Big 12 in 2011.
Vaccaro has appeared in 51 career games with 32 starts where he posted 264 tackles (162 solo), 2 sacks, 16 TFL, five interceptions, 21 pass break ups, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 11 quarterback pressures. Vaccaro has six career double-digit tackle games and was named to the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award watch lists. He was tabbed 2012 preseason first-team All-Big 12 by Athlon, Phil Steele and Lindy's magazines, was chosen to the All-Big 12 first team (coaches), second team (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and honorable mention (AP) in 2011 and was honorable mention for Defensive Player of the Year (coaches) that same season.

Vaccaro is not the first Longhorn to be invited to New York for the draft during the Mack Brown era. In fact, he will be the tenth player during Brown's 15 full seasons that will have the chance to hold up his NFL jersey in front of a national television audience. Brown also made the trip as an analyst for the NFL Network during the 2010 draft. He was even allowed to announce QB Colt McCoy's pick when McCoy was drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns. It was the first time in draft history a head coach has announced the pick of one of his players.

Defensive tackle Lamarr Houston was present at that same draft and was taken in the second round by the Oakland Raiders. In 2009, DE Brian Orakpo attended that draft where he was selected 13th overall by the Washington Redskins. Quarterback Vince Young made the trip in 2006 and was taken with the third overall pick by the Tennessee Titans. The year before, RB Cedric Benson traveled to New York and was selected fourth by the Chicago Bears. WR Roy Williams made the trip in 2004 and was taken with the eighth pick by the Detroit Lions. Texas' tandem of OT Mike Williams and CB Quentin Jammer were in New York in 2002 and were selected fourth and fifth by the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, respectively. They became the first Longhorns duo in school history to be selected in the top five overall. OT Leonard Davis was on hand for the festivities in 2001 and was selected second overall by the Arizona Cardinals. RB Ricky Williams capped his Heisman Trophy year by being selected with the fifth overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1999.

Of the nine Longhorns invited to NYC prior to this year, all nine have started multiple games and five have earned trips to the Pro Bowl. 

Vaccaro should increase the Longhorns' first-round draft pick total to 16 since Brown arrived in Austin. Over the last eight years, Texas has had eight players drafted in the first round, which ranks second nationally. If Vaccaro is drafted in the first round, it will mark the tenth time in Brown's 15 seasons that a Longhorn will have achieved that distinction. In addition, the Horns have had at least two players go in the first round six times during that stretch. Saturday could mark the ninth time during the Brown era that UT has featured one of the draft's Top 10 selections. The Longhorns' six Top Five draft picks over that span lead the nation, with two more top-five picks than second place LSU and USC (four each). Texas' eight Top 10 selections entering the 2013 draft rank second nationally, trailing just USC (10).

Overall, during Mack Brown's tenure, 55 Longhorns have been drafted. Every one of those 55 players has made an NFL roster and played at least two NFL seasons. In addition, 38 of the 55 Longhorn draftees are still active in the NFL, including each of the 17 total players selected over the last four years. Ten of Texas's 15 first-round picks during the Mack Brown era are still active, nine of whom served as NFL starters last year.

Currently, Texas has 43 players on NFL rosters, which is the most among Big 12 schools and ranks third nationally. Of those 43 players, 31 have started games during their NFL careers, including 26 that started as rookies.

In addition, 25 Longhorns have earned a spot in the last eight Pro Bowls and 23 have played in the last eight Super Bowls, with ten coming away as Super Bowl Champions. With four Longhorns on active Super Bowl rosters in 2013, Texas ranked first in the Big 12 and second nationally. In 2013, Texas had five Pro Bowlers for the first time in school history after previously having four on three occasions. Additionally, Texas has now had at least one Pro Bowl selection for 12 consecutive years, another school record.

For complete Longhorn draft coverage go to Mack's Draft Index.



78th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.


Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City (Between 50th and 51st Streets)


7:00 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 25 (Round 1)
5:30 p.m. CT, Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3)
11:00 a.m. CT, Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7)

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 10:15 p.m. CT. In 2012, the first round consumed exactly three hours. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 9:30 p.m. CT. The second and third rounds took three hours and 48 minutes in 2012. The draft will conclude by approximately 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took seven hours and 17 minutes in 2012.


Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts


Seven Rounds - Round 1 on Thursday, April 25; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 26; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 27.

There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year..

The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds -

Round 3: Houston, 33; Kansas City, 34; Tennessee, 35.
Round 4: Baltimore, 33; San Francisco, 34; Detroit, 35; Atlanta, 36.
Round 5: Miami, 33; Green Bay, 34; Baltimore, 35.
Round 6: Houston, 33; Tennessee, 34; Baltimore, 35; Kansas City, 36; Oakland, 37; Pittsburgh, 38.
Round 7: Philadelphia, 33; Cincinnati, 34; Seattle, 35; Seattle, 36; Atlanta, 37; Atlanta, 38; Detroit, 39; San Francisco, 40; Baltimore, 41; Tennessee, 42; Atlanta, 43; Miami, 44; Cincinnati, 45; San Francisco, 46; New York Giants, 47; Indianapolis, 48.

St. Louis (Nos. 16 and 22) and Minnesota (Nos. 23 and 25) have two selections in the first round. Seattle and Washington do not have first-round picks. All other teams have one first-round selection.


Round 1: 10 minutes per selection.
Round 2: Seven minutes per selection.
Rounds 3 through 7: Five minutes per selection.


NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 will televise the draft on all three days.

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