One of the best moments of the 2023 NFL Draft came when the Dallas Cowboys drafted Deuce Vaughn with the No. 212 pick in the sixth round.
The Cowboys allowed Vaughn's father, Chris Vaughn -- the team's assistant director of college scouting -- to deliver the news to Vaughn. It was an emotional father-son moment, and one that doesn't come around very often in professional sports.
Thanks to that viral moment and Vaughn's decorated career at Kansas State despite being undersized (5-foot-5) for a running back, fans have gravitated toward Vaughn and are hopeful he makes the 53-man roster.
A strong training camp would do wonders for Vaughn's roster odds and the former Wildcat has looked the part in the early goings.
With a number of impressive runs already under his belt, Vaughn delivered a must-see highlight at Tuesday's practice on a screen play when he delivered a spin move that sent a Cowboys defender flying out of the shot.
Deuce Vaughn making waves at Cowboys training camp with lethal open-field moves.
Did the defensive back let up to prevent a big collision? Perhaps, but Vaughn dodging the tackle aligns with what we've seen from the rookie in Oxnard. The Cowboys' running game has taken a while to get going, but Vaughn has found zero trouble navigating through the finest of holes.
Here's another example of Vaughn exploding through the hole for a big gain.
Vaughn is a long shot to receive carries during the regular season, but he's proving more than capable of running between the tackles. He's far more likely to be used in the screen game, and he has connected with Dallas' QBs a number of times since camp started early last week.
Vaughn made a name for himself at Kansas State as a runner, but his receiving numbers are nothing to sneeze at. Over his last two seasons, he caught 101 passes for 846 yards (8.3 YPR) and seven touchdowns, to go with 2,962 rushing yards and 27 (!) touchdowns on 5.6 yards per attempt.
Whether it be as a situational runner, gadget receiver, or even a return specialist to give teams a different look than KaVontae Turpin, who struggled fielding punts at times last year, there's a role for Vaughn on the 2023 Cowboys.
It obviously won't be handed to him, but the above spin move and other highlights from camp suggest he understands the pressure he's under to perform.