Photo of James Vaughters
4.85 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 258LBS. Weight



Strong upper body with ability to thwart drive-blocking attempts by tackles. Gets physical against tight ends and sets edge effectively. Hustles through whistle. Delivers a blow as a tackler.


Labored movement in space. Stiff and struggles to change direction fluidly. Can't consistently constrict running lanes. Slow to disengage and transition into ready position. Doesn't gain enough ground upfield to threaten edge as pass rusher and lacks explosive hands. Lacks length.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Sources Tell Us

"Go watch his tape and check how many of his sacks have come when he is unblocked or because he was around the play long enough to get a sack. He's strong, but that's about it." -- Pac-12 regional scout

Bottom Line

Scouts say Stanford coaches have nice things to say about Vaughters as a teammate, but tape work shows too many athletic deficiencies to overcome and his draft position might reflect that as well.
-Lance Zierlein
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.