The New York Giants added some more depth to the running back position by signing former San Francisco 49ers Shaun Draughn on Tuesday. The 6-foot, 205-pound Draughn isn’t necessarily the impact player the Giants would get in an Adrian Peterson, and the 29-year-old is described throughout the league as average at best and a solid pass catcher. Draughn scored six touchdowns for the 49ers last season, after being brought in to replace the injured Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush.
In his first five years in the NFL, Draughn has played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and the 49ers. In 2016, Draughn ran for 196 yards and four touchdowns on 76 carries, and has 225 carries for 723 yards and 80 receptions in his career. He adds some veteran depth to the roster, but was most likely brought in to compete for a spot to replace free agent running back Bobby Rainey, who is unlikely to be back in blue next season.
Draughn joins Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Jacob Huesman, Daryl Virgies and George Winn. Despite Draughn’s acquisition, the Giants are still expected to draft a running back in the 2017 NFL Draft.