Cleveland Browns add offensive line in mock draft after Seahawks loss
Round 4, Pick 121: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
It is a safe assumption to make as well that Dontrell Hilliard is probably not the long term answer as a relief for Nick Chubb after the trade of Duke Johnson. With the investment of a fourth-round pick, the Browns could do worse than drafting a solid, experienced running back like Vanderbilt’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn to serve as Chubb’s backup.
While Kareem Hunt is set to come back in week nine of this season, he could fill this void and come back for the Browns in 2020. However, he is a restricted free agent at the end of this season, meaning any team can put an offer on Hunt that the Browns would be forced to match.
If the offer is upwards of $5 million, then it will be officially too much money to invest at the running back position, the position with the shortest shelf life in professional sports. It would be wise for the Browns, if Hunt does not sign his tender and gets a bigger payday, to take another solid back; here they grab Vaughn.
Thus far through his senior season, Vaughn has tallied 607 yards rushing, averaging six yards per carry, and has found the endzone five times for the Commodores. The Browns do not want to miss a beat offensively when Nick Chubb comes off the field, by drafting Vaughn, they can limit the risk of a steep drop off in production in these cases.