Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp Profile: Dustin Vaughan
The Dallas Cowboys have done a great job in the past decade at finding quality talent after the NFL Draft is over. Even though the Cowboys have their quarterback in place for the next few seasons in Tony Romo, it was a smart idea to bring in a developmental quarterback, and that’s what Dustin Vaughan out of West Texas A&M is.
Kyle Orton, Dallas’ backup quarterback for the past two seasons, wants to retire, and it may be a good idea to let him do so. The reason for this is because the Cowboys brought in Brandon Weeden, who just needed a change of scenery from Cleveland, and the Cowboys also have Vaughan waiting in the wings. Although Vaughan played for a small Division II school last year, he led the nation in passing yards and touchdowns. In just 14 starts in his senior season, Vaughan threw for more than 5,400 passing yards and 53 touchdowns.
At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Vaughan passes the eye test. New offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wants to run the ball next season, and that could end up being Vaughan if he ever gets the chance to start. Vaughan excels at short-to-intermediate throws, and that skill could be of great use in Dallas’ offense. Vaughan is a smart quarterback and he will learn a lot behind Romo and Weeden. It also helps that Jason Garrett and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson were both career backup quarterbacks, and Vaughan could learn a lot from them.
The problem with Vaughan, however, is how small his hands are. Hand size is becoming a good predictor of success at the quarterback position, and Vaughan barely has 9 inch hands. It will be interesting to see how Vaughan progresses in training camp. It will also be fun to see Vaughan playing a ton of minutes in the preseason.