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James Vaughters | Linebacker

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 254

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Stanford senior OLB James Vaughters is a polarizing prospect in scouting circles, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.
"When mentioning the name of Vaughters several scouts anxiously nod their heads up and down while others give a quizzical look as if to ask 'who?'" Pauline wrote. "Vaghters has the physical skills to play at the next level but needs to translate those talents into production." Vaughters had only 36 tackles, 6 TFL and 4 sacks last season as a 3-4 OLB, but Pauline thinks the 6-foot-2, 254-pounder could be one of the Pac-12's best defenders in 2014. Jul 27 - 10:26 PM

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Stanford senior OLB James Vaughters could move to ILB in the pros, writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Strong, disciplined and sneaky explosive, Vaughters can bring the rush but is particularly good with leverage and containment," Kiper wrote before mentioning the possible shift of positions. Vaughters collected only 36 tackles, 6 TFL and 4 sacks last season as an OLB in Stanford's 3-4 scheme, but draft insider Tony Pauline passed along earlier this month that the NFL stamped the 6-foot-2, 254-pounder "as a third rounder based on athleticism alone." Pauline believes Vaughters could become one of the Pac-12's best defenders in 2014.
Jun 22 - 7:04 PM

Stanford senior OLB James Vaughters' name is "making the rounds in scouting circles," writes draft insider Tony Pauline.

The interest isn't based in productivity, as Vaughters collected only 36 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 4 sacks last season as a 14-game starter, an OLB in Stanford's 3-4 scheme. "He’s an athletic defender who shows terrific agility and little stiffness in his game," Pauline wrote. "Standing up over tackle as well as occasionally coming out of a three point stance, he’s quick off the edge, possesses a fluid change of direction and Vaughters is almost never off his feet. He’s a leverage defender who consistently gets underneath blockers and holds the point of attack, working his hands to come free." The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder has been stamped "as a third rounder based on athleticism alone" by scouts, according to Pauline. The scribe wouldn't be shocked if Vaughters becomes one of the Pac-12's best defenders in 2014.
Jun 2 - 11:00 PM

Juniors James Vaughters and Blake Lueders are competing for Stanford's OLB job, which was vacated by Chase Thomas.

This is the job opposite Trent Murphy. Thomas, and other Cardinal linebackers, specialize in stacking and shedding at the line of scrimmage, but Stanford excelled in A and B gap blitzes last season. "Both play with the attitude that we want to play with," head coach David Shaw said. "They know I don't care who starts, because they're both going to play."
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 12:02:00 PM

James Vaughters could be one of a few young linebackers to see much more playing time with the loss of Shayne Skov.

On offense there is Andrew Luck. On defense there is Shayne Skov. Well, there was Shayne Skov. Stanford’s leading returning tackler and sack man (7.5) from a year ago was lost for the season after injuring his left knee at Arizona. The Cardinal defense may not suffer much because there are numbers and there is talent at linebacker, but they are young. Vaughters, a freshman, has already had some impact and may be asked to pick up the pace.
Mon, Sep 19, 2011 05:37:00 PM