The New Orleans Saints continue to upgrade their secondary by drafting Wake Forest safety Clarence "Chip" Vaughn.
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Positives: Looks the part. ... Rare size and upper-body development for the position. ... Aggressive defender that attacks in run support. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Heavy hitter that can separate the ballcarrier from the ball, resulting in forced fumbles and passes broken up. ... Appears to have at least adequate straight-line speed, good balance and a low backpedal. ... Good leaping ability to battle for the ball. ... Has developed a reputation for game-changing plays over his career. ... Came to Wake Forest as a wide receiver and is still an ascending player.
Negatives: Better in run support than against the pass. ... Questionable instincts. ... A step slow in recognizing the action and has a hitch in his turn. ... May lack the agility to mirror routes. ... Better facing the quarterback. ... Loses track of the ball and has only marginal hand-eye coordination for the interception. ... Surrounded by a great deal of talent at Wake Forest.
Terrific size and bulk...Superb tackler...Real tough and physical...Will deliver the big hit...Very active and aggressive...Good range...Does a fantastic job against the run...Smart and instinctive...Very productive.
Just average speed...Doesn't have great hands or ball skills...Gets too high in his backpedal...Hips aren't real fluid...Will struggle to match up with wideouts in man coverage...Isn't very quick...A little inconsistent.
First name is "Clarence"...Actually arrived at Wake Forest as a wide receiver...Saw extensive action as a backup early in his career before taking over a starting job in 2007...Led the Demon Deacons in tackles as a junior...A blue-collar prospect who certainly isn't flashy but has adequate physical tools and even better intangibles...An in-the-box run supporter whose best fit at the next level will be as a strong safety.