Bucs Draft RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn In Round 3

April 24th, 2020

Joe’s going to try and have a little faith that new Bucs running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt is not the next Ronald Jones, SnoopDogg McPlaybook, Charles Sims or Doug Martin of 2016 and 2017.

He’s not one of the special and heralded names in what is a solid 2020 class of running backs, but he’s been an extremely productive runner in the SEC over the past two seasons, 2,272 yards on 355 carries.

Many draft gurus labeled Vaughn backup material, and he definitely hasn’t proven to be a special pass catcher. But what Joe likes is that Vanderbilt had a reputation for having a brutal offensive line last season.

Vaughn is known for being a super-hard runner, a hit-the-hole kind of guy lacking the ability to turn the corner off the edge. Lovie Smith rejected him at Illinois, so that bodes well.

Everyone keeps saying the mere presence of Tom Brady will help the running game because of his checks at the line of scrimmage plus Tristan Wirfs is an upgrade at right tackle in the rush attack, as is Rob Gronkowski. So maybe Vaughn can take advantage.

Did the Bucs get the pass-catching back Bucco Bruce Arians says he covets? It doesn’t seem like it, but let’s give the kid a chance.

51 Responses to “Bucs Draft RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn In Round 3”

  1. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    You pass on a feature back- Zack Moss for a below average 3rd down back… Brilliant. May turn out to be serviceable but I truly believe we missed out big time. Only time will tell. Dam I need a drink

  2. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Yeah let’s see how this turns out

  3. Darin Says:

    If he cant catch the will find someone who will thats for sure. Heck yeah give him a chance. He’s a Buc. Welcome KeShawn. Just give him the dam ball

  4. WhatTheBuc Says:

    I read that he averaged 6.8 yards per cart with the second worst line on college football. Also averaged 10 yards per reception. Was a 4 star recruit. We will see

  5. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Projected 5th round. JAG if I’ve ever seen one. Plenty of talent in the 3rd, no 4th, and we take a 5th round guy. MEATHEAD is trash.

  6. Jeff Says:

    But he’s from Vandy, so you know he will pick up playbook quickly and will be available immediately

  7. Day1BucFan Says:

    Would love to know if Lovie rejected him or if he said no way I’m playing at lovie’s s#$%hole.

  8. Orlando Kevin Says:

    Not excited about this pick … eager to hear a good explanation from the team. Disappointed again in our picks at running back. We have passed on so many top rbs over the years. Why not Zack Moss?

  9. m0j0 Says:

    His line was ranked something like 128 or some such, so yeah, the fact that he was able to put up the numbers he did with that kind of line is saying something.

  10. Darkwing Buc Says:

    Why does this team hate the idea of having a running back that’s actually good. (2nd) Cam Akers and (3rd) Terrell Burgess > Ke’shawn and Antoine Winfield.

  11. Miketb19 Says:

    I’m fine with this he’s not coming here to be starter. Rojo is the starter this guy is here to give him a break here and there on 3rd downs and he the 3rd best pass protection win percentage of all the running backs in the draft. He has decent hands and better speed than Barber did. So all this means is Ronald Jones will be rushing for 1000 yards easily

  12. Grant Mimay Says:

    Good in pass pro and receiving and has great vision and balance. Looks like a good pickup to me

  13. Tom S. Says:

    The dude is turning 23 in a few weeks. It less exceptional to do well in college when you’re older than most of the people in college that youre up against. Can Akers for example is 20. This pick is very much a Charles Sims type of selection.

  14. Bucsfan77 Says:

    He’s a north to south runner, which is what we need. With upgrade OT, Gronk, and O.J. blocking/making holes this pick will be fine. He’s a hard runner that attacks holes with good transitional speed going into the second level.

  15. Bird Says:

    So lets say something positive

    His oline was ranked in the over 150 in college football
    Thats que terrible
    His film looks solid
    Good with screen which is a huge plus

    The problem i have is the following:

    He was mocked to be the 198 pick
    The bucs could have got him at the end
    The thing with licht is no poker playing . He gets wood and its over

    This will get a D grade. Maybe C
    Just again…the bucs could have traded down 3 times and got this guy

  16. Hamsadwitchtime Says:

    @mike. Ridiculous, we draft a guy to be a backup to Ronald??? When Ronald goes down now what. Holly Ship

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t know where you get your info from Joe. I checked multiple sites, and what I learned was that he hard back to back 1,000+ seasons, his pass catching jumped in his final year, and he is a guy who slams between the tackles.

    People saying we needed a guy to run around the edge are wrong. We don’t even need a speedy guy. Rojo is good enough to be the feature back. What we need is a short yardage, hard hitting evasive back who can get 2 yards and a 1st down or a touch down. Someone who can wear out the defense and make them tired. That’s this guy.

    Too soon to say how he’ll work out, but I certainly see why they took him. I’d rather have taken Thaddeus Moss and put him in as a HB myself, but this will work I guess.

  18. The Kid Says:

    Wtf. We passed on Moss???
    Passed on Dobbins??
    Horrible man.

  19. BigZ Says:

    Stop with Rojo. He sux. Less than a 1000 yards in 2 years. Did you watch him? Where is the speed, elusiveness and power? He was a 2nd rounder. Again, some teams have 2 backs we have none. Rojo has shown very little. We’re giving TB the JW treatment.. no ground game.

  20. BucsFanFromSaintsLand Says:

    He gave LSU the bizness last year! Don’t sleep!

  21. Tc Says:

    I don’t see this guy adding much to the team. A wasted pick. I would have thought they would draft another cb or kicker, lol.

  22. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:


  23. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:

    We need a 3rd-down back still… This is Rojo’s backup

  24. Buczilla Says:

    I’m rooting for this kid because he’s on our team now, but it’s comical how bad Licht is at drafting running backs.

  25. Bucced up Says:

    For Fu$ks sake, I can’t believe how bad Licht is in drafting. He is so lucky that Brady fell in his lap. That is the only reason why he will still have his job after this season. We passed up much more talent in RB to get this guy? He is rated at best to be a rotational back at best. And don’t give me that Rojo crap, he sucks, and fumbles. Wow Ive been too much of a Bucs homer, the glasses are finally off. F’n stupid.

  26. Elita Vita Says:

    So we used a 3rd round pick to back up Ronald Jones??? Ronald Jones who is still not quite an average back??? Well no more mulligans like we gave to Winston. If the RBs roster stays as is Ronald Jones ll better be playing lights out this year!

  27. Cobraboy Says:

    Vaughn played behind one of the worst O-Lines in college football, yet was highly productive. I would not judge him too harshly.

  28. King C Says:

    Rojo and this guy better put up numbers

    If ANY of the other RBs ball out while we’re stuck with 3 yards and a cloud of dust or forced to have ole TB 12 chuck it 50 times a game, WE ALL WILL COME FOR LICHT

  29. Doctor Stroud Says:

    After the 2nd round, the Bucs draft for special teams. When Gruden was in charge, it used to be after the 1st round. Vaughn will have to earn his stripes as a kick returner.

  30. Guzzie Says:

    Last time we had a Keshawn we won a Super Bowl

  31. adam from ny Says:

    he was definitely not the best back available…

    seems like quite a reach…

    this guy probably will be a solid type nfl back up, but not what we were shopping for…

    tommy and gronkie are pounding the walls of jeter’s combine right now with fists…

    paintings are falling to the floor…

    giselle is telling them to just relax

  32. adam from ny Says:

    gronk is gonna live in jeter’s combine fulltime…

    there is room for him

  33. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I agree with Bonzai’s take

  34. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:

    Ronald Jones will blow up this year…

    I’m predicting 1200-1500 yds for Rojo.

  35. bogiedr Says:

    CDRB’S … Light has s no clue what a running back looks like if it P$#@%^d on him. At least is not a PAC12 softee. Got Dion Lewis’ number? Better call him, bet he’s cheap. Or offer Indy a ham sandwich for Marlon Mack, should have drafted him anyway!!!

  36. Bucamania Says:

    MJD ranked him 17th. Of course JK was 3 and Akers was 4.

  37. Old Sombrero Says:

    God almighty give the kid a chance before bashing him! Go get it kid! And for those ripping Licht – give the man a break. He’s a father and doing the best he can and knows more about football than anyone posting on this site. Half the d’bags on this site are clowns who can’t run a mile much less have taken a snap in a football game yet want to bash this kid and Licht. This franchise has never recovered since McKay left and Licht has done the best since McKay. In other words Licht is the 2nd best GM in franchise history.

  38. Topdoggie Says:

    Multiple scouts had hime rated the 5th best back in the draft. Ahead of Dillion Helaire and Moss. Just cause you don’t know him doesn’t mean he is no good. I love the kid and think he will win you guys over. Give him two seasons and he will be our lead back.

  39. Bucamania Says:


    Draft Board Rank: 146th
    Vaughn didn’t do himself any favors at the Senior Bowl weigh-in when he checked in at only 205 pounds after Vanderbilt listed him at 218. He’s definitely on the smaller side for running backs, but his running style will very much translate to the NFL. Vaughn is very decisive and cranks it up to full speed when he sees a hole, and that is what led to him averaging 3.7 and 5.3 yards after contact per attempt in 2018 and 2019, respectively, despite the less-than-stellar offensive line play in front of him at Vanderbilt.

  40. ©MadMax Says:

    Im liking this kid after watching some film….very underrated….probably wouldve went 4th at most. He did well against SEC and ACC talent.

  41. ElBajito43 Says:


    There it is. Everyone on here needs to have the moment to themselves during this quarantine to understand


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  44. Matt Says:

    Lol you guys stop being salty about missing out on big name RBs and go watch his highlights. He’s a tough north and south runner who has a knack for a big play. He doesn’t fumble and he’s a solid blocker. This is exactly what we needed. Pay close attention to the LSU game. Dude is tough and runs with power for only being 205.

    To me, seeing how pumped Winfield and his family was to get picked by us made that the right pick. He showed how much he wanted to be here. That was arguably the most passionate anyone reacted to being picked. He’s going to be an absolute terror and a leader Day 1. He didn’t play to his 40 time bc Minnesota is friggin cold! He will play super fast for us. 💪💪

  45. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    I’m looking at it as the team drafted a guy that will most likely get on the field and contribute day 1 in some capacity (compliment RoJo? Special teams?). Seemed like a reach in round 3, especially with Moss still sitting there, but with no 4th round picks I guess they did what they felt they had to in order to get the guy they obviously wanted (pick was made quick). As we Bucs fans “like” to say…at least it wasn’t a kicker 🙂

  46. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Omg the sky is falling!!!

    So the Bucs didn’t pick “your rb” so now the season is done? So that means the season was done before the draft started unless they would have picked “your back?”

    Relax ppl! Bucs still have rojo. He didn’t do horrible lash yr. He just didn’t get many touches. Between having a smarter qb, a huge upgrade at rt, and a more balanced pass/run game, it will be ok. The sky isn’t falling. The world isn’t ending.


  47. The Coroner Says:

    Ok. I’ll “give the kid a chance”.
    But at 2 you could have given Brady and the team a legitimate pass catching RB. Then again we know Arians doesn’t believe RBs are worth high draft picks.
    If the philosophy is “win now” IMO this is a fumble – just how big will take a while to see.

  48. stpetebucsfan Says:

    ROJO actually has a catch % higher than either Johnson or Gordon. He admittedly doesn’t have soft hands but he is adequate.

    Where he suffers is that he doesn’t know a route tree from an oak tree and his pass pro still leaves a lot to be desired. So get a little guy in here who was good at pass pro and work the heck out of ROJO.

    Get a back who was great at catching out of the backfield to work with ROJO.

  49. stpetebucsfan Says:

    BTW What is it that this guy brings to the program that ROJO does not? A better power runner?

  50. Dapostman Says:

    Vaughn vs Baylor 2018.

    I’m sold!

  51. View from 132 Says:

    But can he cover punts?