For the record, his name does not actually rhyme, much to my dismay. His last name is pronounced “Drone.” What a shame.
More importantly, however, for any player that wants to make it in this league–especially undrafted free agents–he must prove to be versatile and willing. We already learned that one of the new offensive tackles once had dreams of sacking quarterbacks, and he’s not the only offensive player that’s seen time on the defensive side of the ball.
Before amassing more than 2,000 yards at North Carolina, Shaun Draughn spent time on the defensive scout team as a safety. He embraced the opportunity at the time, according to North Carolina’s Scout.com site:
“It just goes with learning,” Draughn said. “If you know the defense, you’re going to play faster. You’re not worried about what you’re going to do. If you know what you’re supposed to do, then you’re going to play faster, and your true ability comes out. That allows us to get better as a unit.”
The Tarboro, N.C. native gained notoriety in high school for a dazzling highlight film that showcased his talents not only at safety, but also in the offensive backfield.
“I really wanted to play running back when I first got here,” Draughn said. “I wanted to play running back – I’d like to see what I could do against a college team. But safety’s where it’s at.”
To be sure, Draughn had a solid career with the Tar Heels in the backfield, and was drafted to provide depth at the position for the Redskins. But his time on defense makes him more valuable on special teams, which makes him more likely to stick around. For undrafted free agents, sometimes kick returns and coverage are the best case scenario.
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