In the third edition of the Fansided 2013 NFL Mock Draft, The Baltimore Ravens have selected Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas.
Here is What Fansided Writer Josh Hill had to say about the pick.
The Ravens want to keep their defense stout, but there is a transition period coming up as the aging stars of yesteryears defense are starting to head towards the exit. Ed Reed isn’t retiring but he’s not bathing in the fountain of youth either. Vaccaro has looked great on a bad Texas defense and should he head to Baltimore, it would again be a case of the rich getting richer on defense.
I do think the Ravens need a safety and last weeks pick(Florida safety Matt Elam) was already off the board. but Vaccaro feels like a huge reach. The safety position is one of the least picked positions in the first round because superstars are few and far between and teams can find starters later on in the draft, this mock has 3 in the first round in a class that isn’t particularly strong. Vaccaro is a guy that come draft time, could easily be available for the Ravens with their second round pick and he isn’t markedly better than a guy like Robert Lester who almost definitely would be a late second rounder and could even last into the third.
If the draft falls this way I have trouble seeing the Ravens keep their pick. either a trade up to get a guy like Alec Ogletree who I have heard the Ravens are enamored with or a trade down and grabbing a C.J. Mosely or a D-lineman would probably be a good move.