2009 NFL Draft Buzz: Safety Chip Vaughn

Wake Forest safety Chip Vaughn told Scout.com's Ed Thompson that he had ten formal interviews at the NFL Combine, including one very challenging one. Find out more about the teams he sat down with in Indianapolis and why he thinks his performance helped separate him from other draft prospects.

Wake Forest safety Chip Vaughn had ten formal interviews at the Combine and felt they all went very well. But the one that he described as the toughest of them all was the one he had with the Cleveland Browns.

"I was used to having teams put up film of me playing, asking me what coverage we were playing, what my assignment was and what I was thinking on the play," he told Scout.com during a recent phone call. "But the Browns showed plays that I didn't handle well—on a big screen—and asked me the same questions.

"I kept thinking that they would be showing some where I had made good plays, but they had purposely picked out only ones where I had made a mistake. I think they wanted to see if I understood what had gone wrong. And I think they also wanted to see how I would react to being put under that kind of pressure in front of a room full of coaches."

The grilling by the Browns was an unusual approach to testing the player's knowledge and temperament, but Vaughn believes he fared well.


Chip Vaughn keeps Georgia Tech's James Johnson from making a catch during 2006 action.
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"Even though it took me by surprise at first, I just kept answering their questions and showed them that I knew exactly what mistake I had made and what I should have done instead," he said. "And I just tried to keep my sense of humor, because every player makes mistakes."

The Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers were just a few of the other teams that invited the talented player to sit down for a formal interview in Indianapolis.

Vaughn is training at Perfect Competition to prepare for his Pro Day. And although he was working out primarily with draft prospects up until the NFL Scouting Combine in February, veteran NFL players have started working out at the facility to prepare for their upcoming mini-camps and training camp.

"Guys like Fred Taylor, Marion Barber and Plaxico Burress are working out here as well. It's kind of surreal now that I'm training alongside of them," he said.

The 6-foot-1, 221-pound safety performed well at the NFL Combine, showing his terrific speed with a fourth-place finish among safeties in the 40-yard dash and a second-place finish in the 20-yard shuttle. His work during position drills also showed talent evaluators that he's ready for the NFL.

"Not many guys have my size and good hips in position drills," he said. "So that's going to help me a lot in the NFL."

Read more about Chip Vaughn through the links on his Scout.com profile page.

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