Safety Kenny Vaccaro, the Saints’ first-round draft pick, talks about signing early, his goofiest teammate and what he did this summer:
The Advocate: You were the first first-round draft pick to sign. Any particular significance to that?
Kenny Vaccaro: I told my agent to do that. I just said I wanted to play football. With the new collective bargaining agreement, everything is slotted. So what are we negotiating? Just get me signed and let me play.
TA: You’ve got the biggest selection of tattoos this side of Colin Kaepernick. Any new ones since minicamp?
KV: I got a ball hawk on my back and made a video of it, but that was during the draft process. I’m starting to run out of room. I’m never going to go on my neck, so I’m probably done. I thought about all of them a lot.
TA: Texas had some down years when you were there, but folks are predicting a big rebound for the Longhorns this season. Do you agree?
KV: The defense was so bad last year, I don’t think it can get any worse. Those guys are going to get it together. Everybody thought we had a terrible season, but we were a quiet 9-4 and could have easily been 11-2.
TA: Who’s your goofiest teammate?
KV: Junior Galette. He’s just hilarious with that New York accent. He cracks me up and I love him to death.
TA: You can play any position in the secondary. Is there one you favor or think you’re better at right now?
KV: The way (defensive coordinator) Rob Ryan has us playing, I’ll play any position. It’s the same thing I did in college.
TA: What was the most fun thing you did this summer?
KV: I bought a boat, so I was always out on Lake Austin.