LA Chargers: Bolt Beat’s 2020 NFL Draft offensive sleepers
By Devon Auriemma
Brandon Viera: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB Vanderbilt
“A sleeper in this 2020 NFL Draft class that I’ll be keeping my eye on is running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt University. Vaughn measures up at five foot ten, 215 pounds and ran a 4.51 40 yard dash along with having a 32-inch vertical jump at this year’s combine.
More from Bolt Beat
- LA Chargers: 3 early takeaways from 2021 minicamp thus far
- LA Chargers: Drue Tranquill takes a jab at Gus Bradley’s defense
- LA Chargers second-year players: Nothing to lose and a lot to gain
- LA Chargers: Why running back could be a big issue for the Bolts
- LA Chargers: Chris Rumph’s upside is Melvin Ingram-like, but better
While Vaughn may not be an incredibly flashy back, you will certainly see someone who can kick it into a second and then even third gear incredibly quickly. If he puts on some weight while training with an NFL staff he could be quite a good compliment to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.
Vaughn is very good at breaking through arm tackles, and can fairly consistently run through contact. Combined with his speed and acceleration, he can be an amazing downhill, between the tackles style running back capable of going through the defense or blowing right by them if given the chance by his offensive line.
Vaughn regularly produced behind what was a lackluster Vanderbilt offensive line. Vaughn may lack elite elusiveness, but when he does make a cut to get by a defender he has the chance to break off a very big play time and time again.
Bringing Vaughn into the Chargers’ running back room could do him very well, training with and learning from the incredibly shifty and elusive Austin Ekeler. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is currently projected to go in the fourth or fifth round, and using a pick in that range on him could give the Chargers another excellent three-man running back group for the foreseeable future.”