Photo of Chip Vaughn
Grade
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  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.04 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 221LBS. Weight

Overview

He's not as renowned as top prospects Aaron Curry and Alphonso Smith, but Vaughn has quietly ascended NFL draft boards. A two-year starter who earned All-ACC accolades, Vaughn has averaged 90 tackles and has developed a reputation for making big plays in crucial situations. Blessed with rare size and hitting ability, Vaughn is sure to intrigue teams looking for an enforcer and in-the-box presence at safety. Teams hoping to improve their pass coverage, however, might be forced to look elsewhere.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Looks the part. ... Rare size and upper-body development for the position. ... Aggressive defender that attacks in run support. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Heavy hitter that can separate the ballcarrier from the ball, resulting in forced fumbles and passes broken up. ... Appears to have at least adequate straight-line speed, good balance and a low backpedal. ... Good leaping ability to battle for the ball. ... Has developed a reputation for game-changing plays over his career. ... Came to Wake Forest as a wide receiver and is still an ascending player. Negatives: Better in run support than against the pass. ... Questionable instincts. ... A step slow in recognizing the action and has a hitch in his turn. ... May lack the agility to mirror routes. ... Better facing the quarterback. ... Loses track of the ball and has only marginal hand-eye coordination for the interception. ... Surrounded by a great deal of talent at Wake Forest.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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