Best New Orleans Saints Draft Choices From FBS Schools: Texas
Who is the best player the New Orleans Saints ever drafted from the Texas Longhorns?
From May 1 until the start of the 2016 NFL season on September 11, we’re going to list the best players that the Saints ever drafted from all 128 FBS schools, as of 2015.
Of course, there are a number of schools, including Air Force, Appalachian St., Arizona, Army, Baylor, Boise St., Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Hawaii, ULM, Miami (Ohio), Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico St., Ohio, Rice, Rutgers, San Jose St., South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Miss, TCU, and Temple, in which the Saints have never drafted a player.
Earlier, we looked at the best player that the Saints ever drafted out of Tennessee.
Today, we spotlight the best player the Saints ever drafted from Texas.
When it comes to selecting the best player the Saints ever drafted from Texas, the choice is limited to kicker Russell Erxleben (1979), defensive back Jitter Fields (1984), offensive lineman Bob Simmons (1976), running back Ricky Williams (1998), linebacker Winfred Tubbs (1984), and defensive back Kenny Vaccaro (2013).
The pick is going to be Vaccaro, a defensive back, who has played 3 seasons for the Saints, from 2013-present.
A native of Brownwood, Texas, Vaccaro, who was the 15th-overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, will enter his fourth year with the team in 2016.
The 6-foot, 214-pound Vaccaro played in 14 games, all as a starter, at safety, as a rookie in 2013, while compiling 62 tackles, including one sack and one interception.
In 2014, Vaccaro slipped just a little, generating 51 tackles, to go along with one sacks, and one interception in 15 games, including 14 as a starter.
During 2015, a season in which Vaccaro rebounded, he totaled 71 tackles and 3 sacks, both career-highs, while playing in all 16 games, all as a starter.
In 3 seasons in the NFL, all with the Saints, Vaccaro has appeared in 45 games, including 44 as a starter, accumulating 185 tackles, 5 sacks, and 3 interceptions.