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 Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt by way of the University of Illinois.
Vaughn ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and stands 5’10” and 240lbs.
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. He’s not hard to find, but can be hard to tackle. He’s 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 isn’t 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.
Vanderbilt’s defensive line coach weighed in on the pick;