Will McClay: Cowboys view adding Deuce Vaughan as a “huge deal”

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The headline in the Dallas drafting of sixth-round running back Deuce Vaughn was that his father, Chris, works as the team’s assistant director of college scouting. The story might be that the Cowboys have found themselves a player who can really contribute.

Appearing earlier this week on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Cowboys V.P. of player personnel Will McClay said that Vaughn can become a three-down back for the ‘Boys.

“The number one thing is, you know, getting a hell of a football player and in a safe game, guys that can win in space and create their own space and do explosive things, Deuce has done that ever since he’s been in high school, and probably before that,” McClay said.  “So getting him and adding him as a weapon was a huge deal.”

That’s a potentially significant development for Dallas. With Tony Pollard in a franchise-tag season that carries with it a 20-percent raise over his eight-figure salary in 2024 and with Ezekiel Elliott gone and likely not coming back, Vaughn has a chance to contribute.

Yes, he’s only five feet, five inches. But so what? For running backs, the low center of gravity becomes a bonus.

The challenge will be durability, since he’s only 179 pounds. He needs to avoid taking big hits. If he takes care of his body and if the Cowboys avoid pounding him into the middle of the line, he could be a nice piece of the puzzle in Dallas.

11 responses to “Will McClay: Cowboys view adding Deuce Vaughan as a “huge deal”

  1. Cowboys are the motherlode of optimism. A 6th round pick and he’s already headed to Hall of Fame.

  2. “Yes, he’s only five feet, five inches. But so what? For running backs, the low center of gravity becomes a bonus.”
    Sure it may be a bonus for that 1 aspect but it’s a liability for pass protection which is a huge part of why certain successful college backs don’t get playing time in the nfl.

  3. May need to add some weight, I think Darren Sproles was 5’ 6” but weighed around 180-190 if I remember right.

  4. Eagles fan here. This kid is very fast and has a good work ethic. Dallas is lucky to have him.

  5. If Deuce is anywhere near as good as Darren Sproles the Cowboys did exceptionally well. Sproles was straight up fun to watch.

  6. Love the pick! If you think the kid can’t play watch his college film. Happy he’s where he belongs and I hope he helps to bring us a Super Bowl.

  7. I’m an Eagles fan, so I can’t stand the Cowboys. Yet, even I must admit the video of the dude drafting his own son was very cool. Best of luck to Deuce.

  8. Dallas fan here. I had Deuce (and several others) off my draft board (FWIW) despite their talent because I was worried about their durability at the pro level. I have visions of Emmanuel Forbes or Deuce getting broken like a twig by some insanely fast, insanely strong, and insanely big NFL dude. But, after seeing Deuce and his family, hearing them talk about how Deuce has used his size to his advantage and how he has developed his work ethic, I have high hopes. This kid has skillz, willpower, IQ – everything but height. I hope he uses them all and has a successful career, maybe like Sproles and unlike folks like Clyde Edwards-Hilaire and Kyler Murray, two other talented small individuals who have been beset with injuries.

  9. I loved watching him in college buy at 5’5″ it’s a long shot well see i hope he makes it .

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