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Mayock's look at the draft: safety

In Mike Mayock's final installment, the NFL Network analyst looks at the safeties in the upcoming draft.

Mayock's look at the draft: safety

Texas´ Kenny Vaccaro (4) prior to the team´s Alamo Bowl NCAA football game against Oregon State, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas' Kenny Vaccaro (4) prior to the team's Alamo Bowl NCAA football game against Oregon State, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

For the last two weeks, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has been breaking down each of the positions in the draft for the Daily News. In today’s final breakdown, he looks at the safeties:

SAFETY

THE BEST

Kenny Vaccaro, Texas (6-0, 214)

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40-time: 4.59

225-bench: 15 reps

Vertical Jump: 38.0 inches

Arms: 32 3/4 inches

Projected Round: 1

Mayock: "This is the deepest safety class I’ve seen in a long time and Vaccaro is the best of the group. He should go in the top 20 He came down and played over the slot. He’s quick-footed. He will tackle. It’s hard to watch his tape this year because he’s hardly ever in a deep half or deep third (coverage). But you can go back to his junior year tape and see a bunch of that. He didn’t run well at the combine, but to me, he’s plenty fast enough."

THE RISER

Matt Elam, Florida (5-10, 208)

40-time: 4.43

225-bench: 17 reps

Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

Arms: 32 5/8 inches

Round Projection: 1-2

Mayock: "He could be a first-rounder. Worst case, he goes early- to mid-second. He’s a really good player. He tackles. He loves the game. He flies around. He can play over the slot. My concern with him is it’s hard to find him playing deep-half and deep-thirds (coverage).

"He’s only 5-9 7/8. He’s a tight, muscular, put-together kid. And you worry with somebody like that whether they’re too tight. Whether they can open their hips and drive and that sort of thing.

"This kid was really fluid at his Pro Day. He caught the ball well. He came out as a junior. Initially he was a second- or third-round projection. Now it’s a first- or second-round projection.’’

THE SLEEPER

Earl Wolff, North Carolina State (5-11, 210)

40-time: 4.40

225-bench: NA

Vertical Jump: 39.0 inches

Arms: 31 1/2

Round Projection: 3-4

Mayock: "I first saw him at the East-West game. He had a solid week or practice there. Guys were talking about him in the fifth or sixth round at the East-West game. Then, at the combine, he ran a 4.4 and jumped 39 inches and really looked athletic and caught the football well.

"If you go back and watch the tape, this kid is a good football player. To most of America, he’s a sleeper. To NFL teams, he’s not. And he coud’ve worked his way up to the third round.’’

Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
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