RB Shaun Draughn - San Francisco 49ers
|6-0, 205||Born: 12-7-1987||College: North Carolina||Drafted: ---|
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2016 Week 17 vs SEA (21 / 41 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
Draughn had a much less impressive game than his stats would otherwise suggest. His first touch was a missed zone-read exchange with Colin Kaepernick on San Francisco's second play of the game that resulted in a fumble lost instead of a long Kaepernick run; not to mention a 3-0 lead for the other guys. Likewise, his second touchdown came on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line after he failed to score on 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line. To his credit, however, Draughn converted a 4th-and-1 earlier in the drive, as well as gaining 27 yards on a catch-and-run. This play was a facsimile of what Chip Kelly unveiled last week: In a twin wide receiver left formation, motion Draughn outside at the snap such that he has two blockers on a "wide receiver" screen. Unlike against Los Angeles, however, Seattle flat-out didn't bother covering him at all. On the 49ers' first touchdown drive, Draughn also benefited from a tactic Kelly only decided to feature last week: the Texas route. It was 2nd-and-9 from Seattle's 33-yard line. After initially going outside, he went inside and found himself wide open. Kaepernick made the correct read, but threw the ball behind Draughn, such that he almost dropped it. He caught it, though, and ran for 25 yards after the catch almost entirely unabated.
2016 Week 16 vs LA (10 / 17 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)
Draughn suffered from the same lack of running room that plagued Carlos Hyde in this game. The longest of his 10 runs went for only 3 yards. As a receiver, his first two receptions were the same exact play, one which the 49ers haven't used all year. He starts out lined up next to Colin Kaepernick in shotgun. Just prior to the snap, he motions wide so as to be running parallel to the line of scrimmage at the snap. With two wide receivers out there, it essentially becomes a standard bubble screen, with Kaepernick immediately delivering the ball to Draughn a couple of yards behind the line, and Draughn having two blockers in front of him for run-after-catch. One of these went for 8 yards; the other 9. Two of his other targets (one reception for 11 yards) also came on identical routes; this time the Texas route. It's a staple of the West Coast Offense that Chip Kelly, apparently, decided to feature somewhat out of the blue. Draughn's three other targets were either dumpoffs, came against the Rams' fourth-quarter prevent defense, or both.
2016 Week 15 vs ATL (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the second game in a row, Draughn was the passing-down back that rarely saw passes thrown his way. Despite playing 38 percent of San Francisco's running back snaps, he had zero targets and two of his four rushing attempts came on the last two give-up draws of a blowout loss.
2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (7 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Don't be fooled by Draughn's large snap percentage in a game script tailor-made for Carlos Hyde (i.e., 49ers up two scores for the first three-and-a-half quarters). It was simply the byproduct of two bits of happenstance: 1) Hyde had more long runs than usual, after each of which he gets a breather; and 2) San Francisco atypically had two-minute drills at the end of both halves. To wit, Draughn's touchdown run came one play after Hyde ran 47 yards down to the Jets' 4-yard line. Two other runs, for 9 yards, came two plays after a long Hyde run, wherein Draugh was only on the field because the first down play failed, setting up second-and-long (i.e., a passing situation). A fourth run, for 11 yards, came on the last play of the first half after San Francisco had failed to move the ball far enough downfield to merit a Hail Mary attempt. That's 24 of his 32 rushing yards if you're scoring at home. What's worse, and potentially more foreboding for a similar snap percentage in the future, is that he produced next to nothing in all those passing situations he was on the field for instead of Hyde.
2016 Week 13 vs CHI (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Draughn's thought of as a receiving running back, but only two of his seven opportunities came via the passing game. On his first target, he was lined up on the outside left of the formation and beat linebacker John Timu's man-to-man coverage. Despite the weather conditions, Kaepernick delivered an accurate pass, but Draughn dropped it. Draughn's next target wasn't until garbage time and it was batted down at the line of scrimmage. With respect to his performance in the running game, it's worth noting that Draughn had 44 rushing yards nullified by holding penalties. It seems likely that these holding penalties and Draughn's drop were (presumably) the result of the 49ers' powers-that-be choosing to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.
2016 Week 12 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Almost all of Draughn's snaps came in passing situations, and almost all of his receiving yards came via finding the hole in Miami's soft, second-half zone. To wit, his pair of 16-yard receptions came this way. On the first, he sat down in the underneath middle zone after faking a handoff and broke Jelani Jenkins' tackle to gain the last eight yards. On the second, Draughn ran a Texas route and once again broke Jenkins' tackle to gain the last eight yards.
2016 Week 11 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
Draughn wasn't involved in the offense often, but he made the most of his opportunities. He did all his damage on wheel routes out of the backfield, with his first reception gaining 26 yards and his third going for a 13-yard touchdown in garbage time.
2016 Week 7 vs TB (1 / 16 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 37 / 1 rec)
Outside of his first-quarter touchdown reception, which involved a skillful bit of sideline footwork in end zone traffic, Draughn's snap count was the byproduct of specific situations: a) fourth-quarter garbage time, b) an end-of-half two-minute drill, and c) giving Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris the occasional breather. This figures to be his usage pattern as long as Carlos Hyde is out.
2016 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Once the 49ers grabbed a 14-0 lead, Draughn was destined to be a non-factor, as that's a game script designated as "Carlos Hyde time." It also didn't help Draughn's snap count that San Francisco rarely found themselves in unduly long down-and-distance situations. To wit, his final two touches of the game came on consecutive plays midway through the second quarter: a draw on 2nd-and-17 followed by a dumpoff on 3rd-and-13.
2016 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Like Carlos Hyde, Draughn was a victim of San Francisco's overwhelmed offensive line in the running game. In the passing game, he once again wasn't used as "the receiving back," as many had assumed before the season. In Draughn's 17 snaps, the only play anyone might remember tomorrow is Gabbert prematurely dumping the ball off to him, the throw bouncing off his helmet, and him getting blown up by linebacker Bobby Wagner.
2016 Week 2 vs CAR (9 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Continuing the trend from Week 1, Draughn did not replace Carlos Hyde in passing situations (See "one target, zero receptions"). Practically the entire second half qualified as a passing situation, and yet Hyde was on the field more often. Used primarily as a runner, Draughn, like Hyde, faced an uphill battle with respect to finding open running lanes. His first two carries went for minus-five and minus-three yards, respectively. If not for a rare chasm opening in the middle of Carolina's run defense during an 18-yard carry during the second quarter, Draughn would have finished with minus-three yards on eight carries.
2016 Week 1 vs LA (7 / 18 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
A more important insight than Draughn's scoring was his usage pattern. He played on all downs, so he wasn't a third-down specialist. But he only played 21 of 81 snaps, so it's not like he's in any meaningfgul time-share with Carlos Hyde. The truth, as far as we can tell through one game, is that Draughn's role is to give Hyde a breather in their no-huddle offense. And these breathers don't have any rhyme or reason insofar as he doesn't come in for a whole drive or even for an entire series of downs. No, it's more like, "Does Hyde need a breather for a play or two? OK, send Draughn out there." With this being the case, Draughn didn't help his cause when he lost a fumble in the midst of a late-half drive that had reached Rams territory.
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