The NFL Draft is an event where the dreams of many young men come true, not only financially but also in terms of making it to the big leagues.
There is no shortage of underdog stories in the NFL, and there may be a new trend going on for the Dallas Cowboys.
In the sixth round, they took Deuce Von, a running back from Kansas State University who is just 5-foot-5, yet had a productive college career there.
His father Chris is a scout for the Cowboys, and when the selection was made, he embraced owner Jerry Jones and his son Stephen Jones, who is the team’s COO, executive vice president and director of player personnel.
,@dallascowboys Scout Chris Vaughn gave Stephen Jones and Jerry Jones a big hug when he drafted his son, Deuce Vaughn.
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– NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2023
Fans thought the Cowboys may have found a diamond in the rough.
really good pick
– Siam (@SiymCard) April 29, 2023
@JLev66 deuce deuce baby, what a great late round pick
— NDA (@AceAssad18) April 29, 2023
Congratulations to the deuce and dad! Love deuce here with K-State! Best wishes!
— KC IronFan (@KCIronFan) April 29, 2023
This fan noted that Elder Vaughn is a class act.
That’s great for Chris. One of the nice guys in football. Last year saw him in the Senior Bowl for the first time in probably 10 years (since my days in the Arches). He immediately recognized me and came to meet me.
— Jason Suits (@Jmsuitt) April 29, 2023
Pro football is a brutal and violent sport for above-average sized men, and naturally many will question whether young Vaughn will last at the next level.
But at Kansas State, he was a star.
He ran for 1,558 yards and nine touchdowns last season, and in 2021 he has 1,404 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry in his three years with the Jayhawks.
The younger Vaughn also added 116 receptions, 1,280 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns in 27 college games.
With Ezekiel Elliott gone and first-time Pro Bowler Tony Pollard the new RB1 in Dallas, the team could use some productive and reliable depth for their running back room.
As of now, Vaughn is considered the Cowboys’ fourth-string running back, but it probably won’t surprise a lot of people if he moves up the team’s depth chart.
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