Longhorn Kenny Vaccaro Drafted by New Orleans Saints

Apr 26, 2013

University of Texas at Austin senior and defensive back Kenny Vaccaro will start donning gold and black instead of burnt orange.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall in the NFL draft last night by the New Orleans Saints. He will be the first Longhorn to play for the home of jazz since the Saints took Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams in 1999. 

Vaccaro said (and tweeted) that he is excited to be a Saint.

"I have been grinding my whole life, literally since I was four years old for this opportunity, and it is finally here," Vaccaro said in a statement online. "New Orleans is a great franchise with passionate fans like Texas, and it’s still close to my family. This is just the beginning. Now I have to keep working hard and get to New Orleans and make an impact."

Vaccaro is joining a team with no immediate openings, and he will have to compete with current starters Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins for a starting position.