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Vikings 2023 NFL draft scouting report: Kansas State RB Deuce Vaughn

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The Vikings are slated to have four picks before compensatory selections are awarded and they need to make the most out of them.

Background

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Deuce Vaughn

  • Kansas State

  • Height-5060

  • Weight-176 lbs

  • Third-year junior

  • 3-Star recruit per 247 Sports

  • Stats: 651 carries, 3,604 yards, 5.5 YPC, 34 touchdowns, 116 receptions, 1,280 yards, 11.0 YPC, 9 touchdowns

  • Games watched: Texas 2022, TCU 2022, Missouri 202, TCU 2022 (Big 12 Title)

Strengths

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Vaughn is a very talented player. He has the ability to play on all three downs and do anything you ask of him.

When Vaughn gets into space, he displays really good change of direction and contact balance. Vaughn is well built and thick for someone as small as he is. Vaughn runs through arm tackles with ease.

If you want to play on third downs where Vaughn is likely to get most of his playing time, you have to be able to block. Vaughn has no issue getting his hands dirty and he does a great job in doing so.

Weaknesses

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You can’t talk about Vaughn’s weaknesses without talking about his size. He is built smaller than former Kansas State legend Darren Sproles. Listed at 5060 and 176 lbs, that would put him among the smallest players ever to play in the NFL. He can absolutely have a role in the league, but it likely caps his ceiling.

Vaughn has the burst to get through the hole and get past the initial wave of defenders, but he lacks the breakaway speed to separate and hit the home run consistently when the opportunities present themselves.

While his vision is overall good, Vaughn does display some hesitation when the hole isn’t obvious. That comes from his excellent patience and that will likely keep improving as he gets older.

Overview

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Vision

8.1/10

Cutback

8.0/10

Long Speed

3.2/5

Contact Balance

8.1/10

Pass Blocking

7.7/10

Break/Avoid Tackles

13.0/15

Durability

7.6/10

Receiving

8.1/10

Quickness

7.9/10

Ball Security

8.5/10

Grade

80.2/100 Second Round

Vaughn is a very good player that would go much higher if he was a bigger back. I believe his talent has him earning a fringe second-round grade, but don’t be surprised if he ends up going on day three.

Other notables

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Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire