2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tyler Vaughns

2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tyler Vaughns

by March 27, 2021 0 comments

After redshirting his freshman season, Tyler Vaughns became a four-year starter at the University of Southern California. Vaughns has been one of the most productive receivers in USC history as he sits at ninth overall all-time for the Trojans. He has the skills to succeed at the next level but lacks elite physical traits.

Player Bio

Name: Tyler Vaughns

Jersey: #21

Position: Wide Receiver

School: University of Southern California

Class: Senior

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 190 lbs

Speed (3.5/10)

One of Vaughns’ weaknesses is his speed. During his pro day, he ran a 4.62 40 time which is poor in relation to other prospects. However, Vaughns makes up for his lack of blazing speed by making difficult catches in tight situations.

Athleticism (8.25/10)

As a runner, Vaughns does not possess above-average athleticism, but when making catches he has displayed incredible athleticism. He uses his height to his advantage and stretches out to make catches, making him a reliable target in tough situations.

After the Catch (7.5/10)

With a couple of yards to work with, he is always able to juke defenders out and pick up a few extra yards, making up for the speed detriment.

Fluidity (8/10)

Fluidity is no problem for Vaughns. While not a fast player, the way he moves during his routes is smooth and it allows him to beat defenders when running for a deep pass. He is able to find open holes in the defense and weave through to create space.

Route Running / Separation (8.75/10)

Vaughns possesses a strong route-running ability. He runs smooth routes and is able to create separation against players who are faster than him. At USC, Vaughns ran several routes that left the defenders in his dust as he scored a deep touchdown.

Hands (9.75/10)

The Pasadena, CA native has incredible hands. He is able to make difficult catches by stretching out and reaching for the ball. Vaughns is able to make up for his quarterback’s mistakes if needed with his capable hands.

Contested Catch (8.25/10)

Able to make contested catches in most situations. In vertical catch situations, he uses his tall frame to shield off defenders and pull the ball in. When Vaughns is needed to make a toe-tapping catch or reach out to catch a pass, he is almost always able to make the play.

Release (8.25/10)

Vaughns has a solid release. He is able to beat players off of the line and find open holes in the defense. Since he does not have elite speed, he is able to make up for it with a number of different traits, his release is a significant one.

Strength (1/10)

Simply put, not a strong player. During his pro day, he was able to complete just seven reps during the bench press. Vaughns is a player that uses his tall frame to shield off players to make a catch, but he is not strong enough to break many tackles afterwards.

Blocking (1.5/5)

Not a good blocker. His lack of blocking ability is due to his lack of strength. In blocking situations, Vaughns is able to block the defender for a second or two but is not able to stop the defender from getting to the runner.

Injury (4.5/5)

Vaughns dealt with a few minor injuries throughout his college career, but nothing major.

Player Summary

The USC standout is a player that can be extremely successful in the NFL. He has a good skill set and will be able to make a catch when needed. Without elite speed or strength, it is unlikely Vaughns will become the number one or two receiver on a team, but he could provide value as the third receiver for an NFL franchise.

Final Grade (69.25/100): Early-Fourth Round

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Kamran Nia is a journalist from Los Angeles, California.

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