Panthers Draft: 3 NFC South rival picks that cause concern

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Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Panthers Draft
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Panthers Draft: Ke’Shawn Vaughn – RB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now find themselves in win-now mode after signing quarterback Tom Brady and that was reflected with their draft selections. They moved up in the first round to take Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, who is an instant upgrade on what the team currently has on their roster.

Another eye-catching move was their decision to use their third-round pick on talented running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn. The Vanderbilt prospect has two seasons of solid college production under his belt and he will be given every chance to make the starting spot in Tampa Bay his own.

Vaughn could be the missing piece of the puzzle if he can hit the ground running, so to speak. The Bucs have a potent passing offense that consists of Pro Bowlers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. This has only been enhanced by the arrival of Rob Gronkowski and if Brady can defy his age then thy have a superb chance of making the postseason.

The Bucs have Ronald Jones to pick up the load while Vaughn gets acclimatized to the NFL. He has definite potential to take over in a starting role down the line. This is bad news for the Carolina Panthers, who had significant difficulty stopping the run in 2019.

Although this is set to improve thanks to the arrival of No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown and the return from injury of Kawann Short. Tampa’s offense has so many weapons is going to be immensely difficult to stop.