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Three things to know about new Buccaneers RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn - Bucs Nation
With the No. 76 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, Tampa Bay added Vanderbilt running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Here, we have three things you need to know about him.
With running backs J.K. Dobbins and Cam Akers still on the board when the Buccaneers picked in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, it was somewhat of a surprise to see them go with a selection on the defensive side of the ball. But thats not to say it wasnt a good decision, as they selected Antoine Winfield Jr., a playmaking safety out of Minnesota. And it wasnt long before Tampa Bay would address the running back position, as it did so with its third-round pick. Jason Licht and his staff spent the No. 76 overall pick on Vanderbilts KeShawn Vaughn, who stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs in at 210 pounds. Here, we have three things you need to know about the newest Buccaneer running back. He was Tennessees 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year Vaughn played his prep football at Pearl-Cohn Comprehensive High School in Nashville, Tennessee. He capped off his career in a major way, rushing for 2,646 yards and 45 touchdowns en route to being named the states 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year. His 11.5 yards per carry helped lead the Firebirds to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Class 4A semifinals that year. He also earned the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Class AA Back of the Year Award for his efforts. And he wasnt a one-hit wonder as a high schooler either, considering his monstrous senior season came after a junior year in which he was an all-state selection. Known as the Red Mamba, he ran for 6,031 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career. His highlights, as youd expect, were straight-up impressive. Plus, he was a sprinter on the track and field team in high school. So, while scouts and draft analysts have knocked his speed and 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, its not like hes a slow runner by any stretch. According to his USA Today high school profile, Vaughn had a 3.34 GPA, was a member of his schools leadership group and worked as a mentor for eighth-graders. So, in addition to getting an exciting prospect, it sounds like the Bucs are getting a pretty good dude. His collegiate career was split between two different Division I schools After his outstanding prep football career at Pearl-Cohn, Vaughn committed to play his collegiate ball at the University of Illinois. As a freshman in 2015, he led the team with 723 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He was somewhat phased out as a sophomore and eventually decided to transfer closer to home, joining Vanderbilt for his final two years of eligibility. He finished his two years at Illinois with 1,024 yards and nine scores. After sitting out in 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules, Vaughn broke out in 2018. As a junior with the Commodores, he ran for 1,244 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. Those 1,244 rushing yards were the second-most in a single season by a Vandy running back. He also caught 13 passes for 170 yards and two scores, including a 75-yarder against Florida. As a senior in 2019, Vaughn went over 1,000 yards rushing once again. He put up 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns in what was a tough 3-9 season for the Dores. But where he stepped up was in the passing game, as he caught 28 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown. In just two years, he left his mark on the programs record book. Among Vanderbilt running backs, he finished fifth all-time in yards, third in rushing touchdowns and fourth in 100-yard rushing games. By going over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons he joined Ralph Webb and Zac Stacy as the only Commodore running backs to ever do so. Plus, over the last two seasons, he had eight touchdowns of 60-plus yards, which was the most of any player in the FBS (h/t Greg Auman). This guy could be pretty dang fun to watch. Ever heard of dad strength? Vaughn has it... Vaughns final season at Vanderbilt didnt feature much in the way of on-field wins. But he picked up a pretty big off-field win on Sept. 27 when his son was born. It was a wild 24 hours for the redshirt senior, as he was there for his sons birth around 7 p.m. on a Friday night and stuck around at the hospital before showing up for Vanderbilts 11 a.m. game against Northern Illinois the next morning. His head coach, Derek Mason, said after the gamewhich was the Commodores first victory of the yearthat he thought Vaughn had to be a little spent from everything he experienced the previous night. But you might not have noticed by watching him play. In a 24-18 victory, Vaughn ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. It was a significant 24 hours for him, which he acknowledged on Twitter after the game: Became a dad and got a win in less than 24 hours . KeShawn Vaughn (@SneakVaughn) September 28, 2019 You have to chalk some of that performance up to dad strength, dont you? There have been plenty of instances over the years of athletes coming back a bit stronger and more motivated after having a child. After a night that probably didnt include much sleep, Vaughn stepped right up for Vandy and helped his team to a nice home victory. Of course, some of that strength has been with him throughout his entire football career. Hes well-built, allowing him to break tackles and stay on his feet through contact. One of his strengths is running between the tackles, which should be put to good use by the Bucs. It should be interesting to see how they split carries between him and Ronald Jones II this fall. It was one round later than many expected, but the Buccaneers did select a running back to pair with Jones after all. You can find KeShawn Vaughn on Twitter at @SneakVaughn. Be sure to take some time to congratulate him and welcome him to Tampa Bay!
Meet Bucs’ third-round NFL Draft pick, Ke’Shawn Vaughn - Bucs Nation
Tampa Bay introduces their newest addition to the running back room
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, DAndre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, Cam Akers, and J.K. Dobbins were all names fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted to see their team add during the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft. Even guys like Antonio Gibson and Zack Moss were considered. However, at the end of the day, it was Vanderbilt running back KeShawn Vaughn who joins the franchise to try and help Ronald Jones give the Bucs are spectable running attack in 2020 and beyond. As is customary, Vaughn was made available to the media, to introduce himself to the reporters and writers who will be covering the start of his NFL career. Bucs Nation was on hand to help welcome him to the franchise. Right off the bat, Vaughn was asked what he brings to the league as a running back, responding, I believe I have home run ability as a running back. I can also have that same ability out of the backfield as a pass catcher. This should be music to the ears of Bucs fans who watched in peril as the team consistently struggled to find a solid receiving back over recent seasons. Another area of concern in the backfield has been pass blocking as well, an area Vaughn also feels he can help the team improve. Im very comfortable there (in pass blocking). Now knowing that I have Tom Brady as my quarterback I gotta be even more serious about getting that done, and taking that more seriously as far as knowing who I got on certain plays, making sure my technique is good at all times. Because that man thats throwing the ball, we need him at all times. Vaughn started his career in the Big Ten Football Conference with Illinois before transferring to Vanderbilt for the 2018 season. I asked him if he felt playing and producing in two Power-5 conferences gave him an edge, to which he replied, Experience is one thing, and thats kinda something thats separating me too, Im a fifth year Senior...I got more experience on the field being kind of more aware as far as football-wise...And then, I come from a team who ran a NFL kind of playbook. Fans are going to want to see him perform on the field before fully getting behind Vaughn as their newest running back, but the player himself has no shortage of confidence, saying hed rank himself as one of the best in the class.
Bucs Select RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn In Third Round - Bucs Nation
The Bucs round out day two with the selection of the running back out of Vanderbilt
Day two appears to be in the books for the Buccaneers. After taking OT Tristan Wirfs in round one then using their second round pick on S Antoine Winfield Jr., the Buccaneers used their second pick of the night on running back KeShawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt by way of the University of Illinois. Vaughn ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and stands 510 and 240lbs. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this to say in his evaluation of Vaughn; Comes into the league with NFL size and toughness, but his success could be tied to scheme and blocking up front due to physical limitations. Vaughn is a tight-hipped runner who has issues with stop-start quickness and is unable to stack moves on top of moves. Hes not hard to find, but can be hard to tackle. Hes best suited to compete as a backup in a one-cut rushing attack from under center where he can build momentum and create yards after contact. His 2018 tape was better than his 2019 season and he appears headed for a middle-round selection. Vaughn does bring an element of pass catching to the Bucs, having 66 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns throughout his collegiate career. Another big bonus for Vaughn - and something head coach Bruce Arians likely coveted - is his ability to protect the football. Vaughn certainly isnt going to cough up the ball very often. Vaughn finished his collegiate career with 572 carries for 3,296 yards - a 5.8 yards per carry average - and 30 touchdowns in his two years with Illinois as well as his two years with Vanderbilt. Vanderbilts defensive line coach weighed in on the pick;