RB Shaun Draughn - Free Agent

6-0, 205Born: 12-7-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: ---

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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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

2015 Week 9 vs ATL (16 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

The ability of a journeyman running back to go immediately from street free agent to a starting role -- and then proceed to post 96 scrimmage yards in his debut, no less -- is a testament to the interchangeability of the position in today's NFL. That said, Draughn is a veteran of zone-blocking run schemes, so his was a relatively easy transition. Thirty of his 58 rushing yards came on one second quarter carry that was as much about coaching tactics as it was about individual skill. On 1st-and-10 from the Falcons 45-yard line with two minutes left in the half, San Francisco lined up in a four-receiver set, which for all the world looked like an obvious pass play. (The 49ers offense doesn't just have an air of predictability; it has a gale-force wind of it.) Instead, Draughn took the handoff on a draw. The play was blocked horribly, but Draughn broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, ran away from several Falcons defenders for 15 yards, and got a downfield block from Vance McDonald to gain the final 15. The rest of his runs were underwhelming, but a positive portent for Draughn's usage in the event of future Carlos Hyde absences is that he was a three-down back all game unless the 49ers were in a short-yardage situation.

2015 Week 11 vs SEA (12 / 37 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 40 / 0 rec)

Draughn's day began auspciously, with -2 yards and a fumble in his first two carries. From there, however, he showed why running backs are interchangeable provided one's skills and previous experience with a specific blocking scheme fits the situation. When asked to carry the ball, Draughn adeptly let his zone blocks develop and hit the cutback lane hard if and when it appeared. His paultry yards per carry was mostly the result of those lanes not appearing, although his best run of the game came in one such instance. Four minutes into the third quarter, Draughns got the call on an outside zone run, but the 49ers hardly blocked anyone. He ran away from immediate penetration, broke two tackle attempts at the line of scrimmage while turning the corner off left end, and then cut back inside to avoid another Seahawk, picking up an extra 5 yards and a first down in the red zone. Draughn's biggest contribution, however, came as the safety valve for Blaine Gabbert, which was utilized early and often due to Seattle's consistent pressure. Draughn's longest reception was on a second-quarter dumpoff as Gabbert narrowly avoided a safety. He ran an angle route, and reached back to make a cradling catch on a pass that was thrown slightly behind him. Stopping on a dime like that meant Cliff Avril was in poor position to make the tackle, so Draughn was able to run away from him and pick up 16 additional yards after the catch.

2015 Week 12 vs ARI (15 / 51 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Draughn got out of the gate quickly, gaining 36 of his 51 rushing yards in his first three runs of the game. After that, Arizona tightened up their defense of outside zone, and so Draughn was limited mostly to short gains between the tackles. He also became more involved as a receiver from then on as well. Almost everything thrown Draughn's way was of the dumpoff variety because that's just what Blaine Gabbert does. That said, he was the designed target on both a 3rd-and-14 and a 4th-and-2 in the second quarter.

2015 Week 13 vs CHI (13 / 36 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Once again, Draughn was much more productive as a receiver than as a runner. The former can be attributed to his quarterback's propensity for dumpoffs, while the latter can be attributed to Chicago's defense and San Francisco's play-calling. The Bears did a good job of funneling runs back towards the inside and Geep Chryst, for whatever reason, called nine runs between the tackles even though outside zone is Draughn's bread and butter. This showed in his splits, with the 4 outside runs gaining 16 yards and the 9 inside runs gaining only 20 yards. In the passing game, Draughn displayed two skills that make him a threat after the catch: He understands how to find open holes in zone coverage, and he's able to go from standing still to running at full speed in no time. On his two longest receptions, it looked like Draughn was shot out of a cannon once he caught the ball. How he was a free agent so late into the season is one of the unsolved mysteries of 2015.

2015 Week 14 vs CLE (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Draughn was also a victim of poor blocking. As an example, on San Francisco's first play of the second half, he had to run what seemed like 20 east-west yards just to gain 2 north-south yards in the box score. The play was an outside zone, Draughn's bread and butter, but Bruce Miller missed a block, which eliminated one of the cutback lanes, thereby having a domino effect on all cut back lanes. Draughn reversed field to evade the defender Miller missed, and then evaded two more behind the line of scrimmage before turning upfield. On the very next play, he (and his blockers) made up for it by producing 15 yards when coaches called the same exact play. All of that said, Cleveland defended outside runs well throughout the game, which rendered the rest of Draughn's bread stale and the rest of his butter rancid.

2015 Week 15 vs CIN (9 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

It's unclear how he hurt his knee, but Draughn's last snap of the game came with 1:12 left in the first quarter. Upto that point, he was involved via carry or target in 11 of San Francisco's 16 plays. After losing 4 yards on his second carry due to left guard Andrew Tiller failing to block Geno Atkins, five of Draughn's final seven runs went for 4 yards or more. On his longest run (14 yards), accelerated through the hole created by Bruce Miller's wham block, made a subtle jump cut to utilize Daniel Kilgore's block at the second level, and carried safety Reggie Nelson on his back for the final 4 yards. Draughn's other two runs of more than 5 yards came via a nice cut to the back side of an inside zone and by perfectly reading his blocks to choose the correct lane of an outside zone.

2014 Week 5 vs NYJ (10 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the concussion suffered by RB Donald Brown, Draughn was left as one of the only two healthy backs for the Chargers in the game. But while Branden Oliver ran wild over the Jets, Draughn found the sledding considerably more difficult. The vast majority of his action came late in the game when the Chargers were trying to just run out the clock (i.e., the Jets were fairly certain they were all going to be running plays), but he clearly lacked that second gear Oliver has. It is unknown at this point how much longer starter Ryan Mathews will be out or for that matter how long Donald Brown will be out, but it would stand to reason that Draughn will see a greater workload in the short term.

2012 Week 1 vs ATL (6 / 29 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Draughn ran strong and carried over his preseason momentum. He is a middle ground between Charles' speed and Hilis' power and will get a lot more opportunity if either goes down to injury. A good portion of his action came late when the game was decided, but he also had a 10 yard run negated by a facemask. His touchdown came at the very end of the game on a draw out of the shotgun, but he does show good vision and he's a high energy runner.

2012 Week 2 vs BUF (5 / 56 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

With Charles leaving the game early, Draughn was given more work than expected and finished with some impressive numbers. He picked up 56 yards on 5 carries while adding 23 yards on his only reception of the game. While he showed impressive quickness on some of his big gains, it should be noted that nearly all of them came after the Bills had opened up a 35 to 3 lead and were basically playing a prevent defense.

2012 Week 3 vs NO (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Draughn gained instant relevance with the injury to Hillis. Jamaal Charles cannot handle 39 touches a game and Draughn continued to look solid in limited action. He's best when he keeps his forward momentum going as his three yard loss in the third quarter showed. In the overtime period he took advantage of fresh legs against the worn down Saints defense to pick up 15 yards on three carries and a 12 yard reception.

2012 Week 4 vs SD (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Draughn didn't quite fill the Peyton Hillis role in this game, but he was at least a fairly active part of the passing game and was spelling Jamaal Charles regularly when Charles got tired. But early in the fourth quarter, Draughn coughed up the football during a rushing attempt (despite the Chiefs down by two scores). San Diego pounced on the ball for the turnover, and the next non-Charles carry was handled by rookie Cyrus Gray.

2012 Week 5 vs BAL (12 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Draughn too found success in the first half, but nowhere near to the extent that Charles did, and by the end of the game he was losing snaps to rookie Cyrus Gray. Draughn's best quarter by far was the second when he compiled seven carries for 37 yards. This was a point in the game when the Chiefs offensive line was destroying Baltimore and Draughn was mostly taking advantage of great blocking. He did make an excellent spin on more third and six to make Ed Reed miss badly and pick up the first down.

2012 Week 6 vs TB (11 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

About the only time Draughn looked productive was on short yardage plays, and that's because virtually every carry went for short yardage. Draughn made a strong second effort on a third and one in the first quarter to pick up a first down and later in the game picked up two on 4th and inches. The majority of Draughn's other carries involved a defender in his face almost as soon as he was handed the ball.

2012 Week 8 vs OAK (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The Chiefs called Draughn's number primarily on third downs, and he also received work as a kick returner. While not a show horse by any means, Draughn was a serviceable ball carrier that sought out contact on his two carries for seven yards. He also caught one pass for seven yards. Draughn seemed like the third wheel in a Jamaal Charles/Peyton Hillis-led backfield, but a third wheel that Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll wants to keep around. 


2012 Week 9 vs SD (1 / 6 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

The majority of Draughn's contributions came late in the game after Jamaal Charles exited with an injury. He managed to get loose down the left sideline and made a nice catch off of pinpoint accuracy from QB Matt Cassel to set the ball up at the 6-yard line. Draughn then took the ensuing handoff virtually untouched up the middle for one of the easiest touchdowns he'll have. It is way too early to speculate on the condition of Charles, but from the usage patter after he went out, it appears there may be a mix of Draughn and Peyton Hillis doing the bulk of the work if Charles is forced to miss any time.

2012 Week 11 vs CIN (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

Draughn didn't even get a carry until the game was well out of hand. His only early action came on kickoff returns and a short screen on which he fell down in the backfield

2012 Week 12 vs DEN (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Draughn received two first quarter carries and ran hot on both carries, picking up six and seven yards through the teeth of the Broncos defense. From that point forward he was limited to kickoff returns, not seeing another carry in the game

2012 Week 14 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Draughn made one man miss on his eight yard reception in the flats and had one carry for no gain.

2012 Week 16 vs IND (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Draughn's only carry came on third and 20 when he ran a draw for four yards.

2012 Week 17 vs DEN (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Draughn functioned as an efficient backup to Jamaal Charles, which is more than can be said for Peyton Hillis. Toting the rock five times for twenty-three yards on the ground, the Chiefs used Draughn primarily on third downs. The rookie was certainly a more effective ball-carrier than Peyton Hillis, and exhibited speed and a willingness to run between the tackles for extra yards. The Chiefs should consider Draughn, rather than Hillis, as Jamaal Charles' caddy for 2013.