The most compelling Attributes of a Free Safety are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Processing Speed ~ The ability to Rapidly Read & React to the Play as it develops
Diagnostic Acuity ~ The ability to do so effectively and with Precision
Range ~ Lateral Velocity & DownHill Burst
Verticity ~ Turn & Burn Acuity ~ Flip of the Hip to Rotate & Run with Receivers
Combat ~ The ability to work through Traffic
Tackling ~ Consistency & Precision
Run Defense ~ Vaccaro is troubling in Run Defense, however. He's an intelligent kid, but I have grave doubts about'is Spacial Diagnostic Acuity, because he often misdiagnoses the combination of Speed & Space, leading him, all too often, to attack UpField at a dangerously bad Angle. As the Last Line of Defense, this can of course prove immediately disastrous. As a Tackler, he's an hard Hitter, but his Wrapping needs a good deal of Work.
He'd be an enormous Gamble as a classical Free Safety. His horrific Spacial Diagnostic Acuity make for a shaky Last Line of Defense, and would leave your Defense in constant danger of getting gashed for huge Plays & TouchDowns, not only in the Run Game, but even on short Passing Plays ~ Crossing Routes and such.
And his Wrapping ~ his Tackling Technique ~ is too raw for Strong Safety: He'd be missing Tackles constantly.
Seems to me that his best Fit is indeed as a Cover 2 Safety, provided his Partner has his back.
Funny thing is: He'd be perfect as the Free Gryphon in The Yankee 245, where he would simply let loose with'is freewheeling ways, and make an immense Impact as a phenomenal Slot Corner and as an explosive, ferocious Run Defender, all the while knowing that the Eagle ~ the Free Safety in The Yankee 245 ~ has his back.
Despite my grave reservations about'is Run Defense, I believe that Kenny Vaccaro will prove to be an Impact Player ~ provided that he's drafted for a Cover 2, mind you, otherwise his Team would be courting disaster!!
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