Tampa Bay drafted the versatile running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt in the third round of the draft. Shortly after his selection, Vaughn joined members of the media for a virtual press conference where he talked about what he can bring to an already talented offense, what it’s going to be like to play with Tom Brady – who Vaughn referred to as “the GOAT” – and where he ranks himself among this year’s deep class of talented running backs.

Read the complete transcript from Vaughn’s press conference below.

On what he feels like he does best as a running back
“As a back, I believe I have home run ability as a running back and I also have that same ability as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Kind of knowing Tom Brady, with him knowing the offense and he’s been in the league for a long time, he’s going to be able to put me in the best situation and also my teammates.”

On what he remembers most about talking with the Bucs before the draft
“I had recently talked to the Bucs earlier this week, late last week. It was kind of just understanding plays, talking football, reiterating the same plays that they had just taught me over the phone call back to them. Just kind of getting to know who I am off of the field too.”

On what he brings an offense with so much talent and how excited he is to join a team ready to make a Super Bowl run
“I’m happy as hell to be a part of that. This offense, this team, this organization. And I believe that I’m an explosive back too so that’s kind of so that’s something that will help us all. We develop a run game and then you can throw the ball based off of that. I feel as though the run game and the pass game can work hand-in-hand.”

RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn – courtesy of the Buccaneers

On how he ranks himself among this class of running backs
“Honestly I would rank myself the best, just based off of my two years in the SEC. I know a lot of it depends on what school you go to and all of that kind of plays in with it too, but I consider myself one of the best based on numbers.”

On his pass blocking ability
“I’m very comfortable with that and now knowing that I have Tom Brady as my quarterback I have to be even more serious about getting that done and taking it more seriously as far as knowing who I’ve got on certain plays and making sure that I have my technique is good at all times because that man that’s throwing the ball, we need him at all times.”

On his ability as a pass-catcher
“As far as developing as a pass-catcher, that’s something I have to get natural with. I could always catch but I wasn’t naturally a receiver, just based off of high school, I ran the ball all of the time. Converting to college you have to get more involved in the pass game so I’ve been getting comfortable with my hands. I catch all the time, as far as JUGS and everything. Any extra work to get better as a pass-catcher.”

On fitting in the offense with how much Tom Brady relies on running backs in the passing game
“I feel like that’s the best opportunity that I could ask for being drafted in this class, being in the situation where you’ve got Tom Brady as your quarterback who loves checkdown routes. Those can be big yardage plays that we could capitalize on, for real. Tom Brady is the GOAT, so when you’re playing with one of the best quarterbacks of all time you can’t do anything but be happy and get ready to go win some games for him.”

On what his ability to produce against top competition in college means to him translating to NFL competition
“With me it’s just kind of a mindset thing as far as how you attack the game and how you really prepare and look at your opponents. I feel like it would be kind of easy for me to transfer everything from college football as far as learning the playbook and everything, but mental toughness and any of that, it just matters within yourself and how you view your opponents and how you approach the game.”

On if he feels like two years of production in two different power five conferences gives him an edge
“I’d say that’s true just because experience is one thing, I’m a fifth-year senior and some of these guys are third- and fourth-year guys. I’ve got more experience on the field and being kind of more aware football-wise, not knowing who’s aware or knowledgeable of the playbook or any kind of football talk, but I feel like that’s something that can separate me. Experience. Then, I come from a team that ran an NFL kind of playbook, so that’s one thing that will help me also.”

On his ability to line up out wide as a receiver
“This past year, that’s when I started doing more empty [sets] or slot routes, option routes, stop routes from the “X” position. That’s kind of what it was, option routes and kind of stops.”

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BigSombrero
1 year ago

He said all the right things. I hope he’s decent.

This team had a huge need at RB going into the draft. If RoJo gets hurt or reverts to year 1 RoJO, there isn’t much in the cupboard. There is NO cap space to bring in a veteran. Bucs need to hit on this pick.

flashgordon
1 year ago

Bucs O is cocked and loaded!

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

I think the Bucs quietly added another weapon on offense. Ironically enough the tv pundits didn’t dislike the Vaughn selection.

MiltonMack21
1 year ago

He’s a special teamer that was over drafted. He knows deep down he doesn’t have what it takes to be a good NFL player, and if he doesn’t yet he will know whenever the season starts.

chefboho
Reply to  MiltonMack21
1 year ago

And you know what a person is thinking? Lol get over yourself

Naplesfan
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

If we had a buck for every know-it-all self-appointed Draft King in these threads, we’d be doing better than the folks in Florida trying to get unemployment compensation, at least. The thing is, everybody is entitled to an opinion on this player vs that, but in reality nobody cares that you (not you, chefboho, but rather, collectively speaking, to all the Draft Trolls) think you’re smarter than everybody else. Nobody knows how any player is going to do in the NFL until he does it. At best the draft is an educated guess, striving to do slightly better than a… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  MiltonMack21
1 year ago

Do you ever say anything positive?

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Him and Dave are butt buddies.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  MiltonMack21
1 year ago

And deep down you know that your opinion means nothing.

BrooklynBucsFan
1 year ago

I’m interested to see the guy play! Seems a complimentary runner to ROJO. I also think they’ll probably draft another back in the 5th. Seems to be several speedy, shifty backs still available.

Freeman Strickland
1 year ago

I watched a video of his plays against Georgia on YouTube. He did a very good job between the tackles and breaking it just outside the tackles. He looked okay catching the ball. He needs a lot of work rebuilding his ankles and hips to allow him to turn the corner at the sidelines; there is no bend, and the stiffness leaves him skidding toward the out of bounds. And, ugh – pass sort of blocking! His situational awareness disappears. He seems to randomly pick a spot to stand in. If someone comes to his spot, he puts his head… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

His blocking in the backfield was a major factor in getting him the gig, speed and size a bonus. without a fourth-round pick, they had made the move in 3rd to shore up backfield.
Gronk is well worth the loss of 4th.

magoobee
1 year ago

Which Player do you want? Player A Pass Catching: Softer mitts and longer arms than we’ve come to expect from our 5-foot-10, 220 pound dudes. Adjusts really nicely to inaccurate footballs while on the run or forced to elevate and quickly transitions into a runner. Wins against linebackers and defensive backs in space to make the first guy miss and quickly get upfield. Is a great candidate for screens and checkdowns, with a modest outlook as a route runner. Pass Protection: Has the physical tools and the mental awareness — just wasn’t asked to do it much in his final… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  magoobee
1 year ago

What I want is to not hear from self-important know it all draft trolls like you who whine and moan and complain like the little girl who didn’t get invited to a birthday party and now bad mouths all her little girl friends who did. Show a little humility, dude. You are not the smartest person in the room, you are not the Bucs, you are not King of the Draft and you are not the smartest commenter in this or any other thread. The reality is that drafting players in the NFL is a crap shoot, at best equal… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Maybe the bucs should hire Dave, magoobee, and Milton Mack since they know so much more than anybody else. I mean to think that 3 of the best GM’s in the country are not even with an NFL team. Baffles my mind.

magoobee
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
1 year ago

You keep supporting your GM that drafts kickers. Licht is the laughing stock of the NFL.

Dave
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
1 year ago

And about 5 or 6 others. Seeing as half the forum thinks it was a questionable pick. But who’s counting 🤷🏼‍♂️

magoobee
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Just answer the question. Which of those 3 players would have you chosen? I did not put names to them. Just the draft evaluations.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  magoobee
1 year ago

Lol you mean your draft evaluations, which I take as seriously as a leaf falling from a tree. No one here says that Jason Licht has made the right choices all the time. He’s clearly made some bad calls. But just like he’s made bad choices in the draft he’s also made some very good ones and has signed quality urfa and other players off practice squads.

Dave
Reply to  magoobee
1 year ago

You’re not allowed to question Bucs brass magobee, (You know, the same Bucs brass that’s had miserable losing season after miserable losing season) If you do, you’re a moron and a know it all. You should know that by now

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Physical runner that can accelerate in the open field and will throw a stiff arm to squeeze out extra yards. Breaks arm tackles with ease. If you are not excited to see RoJo-Vaughn pound the rock you soon will be IMO.

Fat ginger joe
1 year ago

Great article its good to finally read a professional

miamibucs
1 year ago

Enjoy this weekend everyone! Once the draft is over there won’t be much to comment on for a while. Support Pewter Report as well in the crowd funding. I dont live in the Tampa area any longer (Colorado) therefore, I don’t have your luxury of all the local press but now with the GOAT, I will get to see my Bucs more than ever. It’s all about the QB’s for us. Protect( 1st Rd), defend( 2nd Rd), compliment( 3rd Rd) . I’m excited to see what they do next. Fire them Cannons!!!

Dude
1 year ago

I think this guy is an interesting pick. He looks solid, not flashy, but solid. So I can’t wait to see how he shows up on the field.

PewterPose
1 year ago

Finally watched some film on this guy. He is a tough runner. Very linear. He doesn’t spin off of contact or make a cut to avoid contact, but has a good hesitation step and hits gaps hard. Not a natural receiver by any means (he said as much in his press conference video), but working on it. Looked good on the blocking assignments I saw. Tough kid. Physical. In that sense, very different from the backs we already have. We’ll see how his game translates at this level.

Lcbern45
1 year ago

If the draft were an exact science, we wouldn’t have undrafted players go on to be studs and 1st round picks turn out to be busts. At the very least, just hope that our newer players excel and help the team win moving forward. Go Bucs!!!

Itch
1 year ago

I remain hopeful on Vaugn, but I still think we should pick up another under-rated but explosive back in 5-7. Compettion will bring ou the best in all of them.

skullandcrossbones
1 year ago

this pick was a homerun