Ke'Shawn Vaughn didn't exactly stand out last season but he should be a fairly safe bet to get taken somewhere in the middle rounds of the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Vaughn averaged 6.4 yards per carry in two seasons at Vanderbilt after transferring from Illinois, but his production dipped in 2019. Vaughn will need a team to draft him based more on his potential upside and his ability to serves as a situational back right away.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Draft Profile
The Illinois transfer took a star turn at Vandy. He’s a savvy and shifty runner, with excellent vision and the decisiveness to take advantage of what’s blocked for him. But he can create, too. He runs low with excellent balance, and he has enough of that subtle wiggle to consistently create yards after contact. His initial burst allows him to thrive on outside-zone runs, and he has enough speed to break off the big play on occasion. In the passing game, he shows natural hands and transitions easily from receiver to runner.
He doesn’t have any of the eye-popping traits you look for in a high-ceiling prospect. He might ultimately be a little underpowered, and he’s not going to consistently out-run pursuit angles. With defenses keying on him, his senior year production was disappointing.
He’s a high-floor prospect with third-down skills. He could lead a committee or perhaps take on a workhorse role at the next level.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th round
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