Friday, January 22, 2021

RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn is Bucs 3rd round selection

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have rounded off a very good day two of the 2020 NFL Draft by selecting running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn with the 76th overall pick. The 5’10” 205 pound Vanderbilt rusher will compete with Ronald Jones III for carries and provide a decent third-down receiving option for new quarterback Tom Brady.

Vaughn has great vision and is a decisive north and south runner not brilliant laterally or from a creativity standpoint, but will get you yards through the middle consistently. Not amazingly powerful but has a great pad level and is happy initiating contact and finishing every run.

A four-year player, Ke’Shawn Vaughn transferred from Illinois to Vanderbilt for his junior year and totalled balled from them on. Amassing 1,272 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground in his time in the SEC at 6.4 yards per clip. He also added three receiving touchdowns on 41 catches for Vanderbilt. In total Vaughn gained 3,296 yards rushing and 648 receiving in his four years in college.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn had back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons at Vanderbilt
Ke’Shawn Vaughn had back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons at Vanderbilt

Ke’Shawn Vaughn adds good depth

Vaughn will immediately push Ronald Jones III for touches, and while he doesn’t have the creativity or burst of RoJo, his consistency and decisiveness will be a boon to this offense. Vaughn is the epitome of a consistent depth back that will not let you down, but won’t necessarily turn into a great NFL back.

His vision, direct running, and desire to finish runs will suit the Tom Brady offense, but he does lack the exposive play-making that is becoming so commonplace in the modern NFL. That said he is a great compliment for the players already on the roster and adds some much needed grunt to the running back room.

He needs to work on his pass blocking if he is to become more of a three down back. Has a tendency to not follow through wholeheartedly with his blocks and is just trying to delay the defender rather than block him into the dirt.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn isn’t the sexy pick that you might have wanted, or expected in the third-round but he is a solid dependable back that won’t let you down. There were probably higher-ceiling guys available at this spot in the draft, but Vaughn will be a good addition to the roster.

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