Earlier this week, the Bills gave Chip Vaughn a ring. He had already visited Buffalo and weathered the entire pre-draft process. This call wasn’t about football.
More like one final reassurance.
“They called to make sure my cell phone and stuff is right, so if they do call me there isn’t any confusion,” Vaughn said.
Good thinking. Given Buffalo’s somewhat insecure situation at safety, Vaughn could be possibility. Projected as a second- or third-round pick, he was a solid in-the-box safety at Wake Forest. He had 192 tackles in his final two seasons in a defense that’s very similar to Buffalo’s ‘D.’
Vaughn visited Buffalo a few weeks back. The Bills are one of 4-5 teams that have shown “considerable interest” in him, according to a league source. The source also said that the Seattle Seahawks will draft Vaughn if he slips to them in the third round, adding that several teams are attempting to trade up to get him.
The Bills may be Vaughn’s best fit. Buffalo’s scheme demands the strong safety to operate close to the line in run support.
“If I did have a chance to play there, I think with my style of play and the way that their whole defense is schemed, I think it’s set up perfectly for me,” Vaughn said.
After eating with the team at Hyde Park Steakhouse, Vaughn hit the films the next day. He sat down with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and analyzed the defense. Everything was second nature.
“Everything – blitz packages, zone packages, man-to-man concepts – is all the same stuff we played at Wake Forest. It’d be a real good fit for me,” he said.
With more pressing needs at offensive tackle, tight end and outside linebacker, it may be difficult for Buffalo to reach for Vaughn. Buffalo isn’t hurting at the position with George Wilson, John Wendling and Bryan Scott as backups, the position is not in dire straits.
Still, unfortunate developments could eat away at Russ Brandon’s conscience. He may feel inclined to add another capable safety. Whitner and Simpson weren’t exactly choir boys this off-season. Both had messy run-ins with cops and the team is reportedly shopping Simpson. If you’re looking for a legitimate draft surprise, keep an eye on this. Vaughn is a fast (4.4 in the 40), big-hitting safety that could assimilate instantly into the defense.
For Scout.com Ed Thompson’s feature on Vaughn click here.
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