After a disappointing 2019 season at Vanderbilt, running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn is taking the next step by entering the 2020 NFL Draft. Here is my final film evaluation of the former Commodores’ running back.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn is competing this week in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. This is his opportunity to showcase the impact he can have with talent around him. From the 2018 to 2019 football season, Vanderbilt has seen a change at the quarterback position. The entire team saw a drop in production during this disappointing season. Now, he looks ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Name: Ke’Shawn Vaughn
Weight: 215 pounds
Career Stats (46 Games): 572 rushing attempts, 3296 rushing yards, 30 rushing touchdowns, 648 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns
2019 Stats (12 Games): 198 rushing attempts, 1028 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 270 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdowns
Games Watched: 2018: Notre Dame, Baylor 2019: Georgia, LSU
Strengths: Vaughn is such a complete running back and is one of the most underrated prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft in my opinion. He can explode through holes when given to him. He is a living bullet that thrives when he has momentum. His burst and straight-line speed are great projecting to the NFL.
Vaughn runs the ball with aggression and has the competitive fire to fight for everything he can get. His willingness to keep churning is so much fun to watch. Another great thing about Vaughn is that he had ZERO fumbles throughout his college career. He secures the ball and doesn’t allow for the defense to create turnovers.
He had a very efficient career playing behind a sub-par offensive line against some of the nation’s best front-sevens. He can be that 4 yards per rush running back at the next level, but he also threatens you with the big play. If you give him a crease, he will make you pay. At the same time, if you give him nowhere to go, he will still find a way to get positive yardage.
Weaknesses: Vaughn is a fierce competitor and can show emotion on the field where he is visibly frustrated at times. With the change at quarterback, the play at the position took a dip and missed throws going Vaughn’s way. He didn’t have the best help and his line made it tough on him, but I’d like to see him remain composed and motivate his teammates instead.
Vaughn can get impatient at times and not allow time for the blocks to develop. He would still get positive yardage typically, but he limits the possibility of breaking off a big play when he isn’t patient. In one-on-one situations in space, he doesn’t make defenders miss as consistently as I wished. He has a great blend of strength and athleticism but it doesn’t translate consistently when going one-on-one with defenders.
Long Speed: 8/10
Contact Balance: 7/10
Receiving Ability: 6/10
Ball Security: 10/10
Play Strength: 7/10
Final Film Grade: 6.95 (Early 2nd Round Film Grade)
Best Film: Baylor ’18
Worst Film: Georgia ’19
Best Trait: Burst
Worst Trait: Patience
Summary: Ke’Shawn Vaughn is the kind of prospect that I think will be a better pro than a college football player. He has all the tools and traits that you want in a starting running back in the NFL. He has the speed and acceleration to create splash plays while having the strength and contact balance to grind out carries with success.
He has struggled to get many opportunities to make big plays at Vanderbilt. The lack of talent on the offense around him playing against some of the best defenses in the country is not a recipe for success. However, he was still able to showcase his willingness to not let the first man take him down. He fights for yards after contact which leads to extra first downs for his offense.
I’d like to see him work on making guys miss in the open field with more consistency rather than relying on his strength and contact balance as often. He plays with a grit and attitude that fires you up when watching him. He plays with a grit and attitude that fires you up when watching him play.
Vaughn is one of the most underrated running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft class and projects the ability to be a three-down back at the next level. I think that his best years are ahead of him and liked how he produced with little help in his college career. Vaughn is likely going to be drafted in the middle rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, and I believe that the team that selects him is going to find themselves very happy with their investment in five years.