Exhibits above-average vision and feel in tight areas and has a little cutback ability to quickly get against the grain and get up the field. However lacks ideal balance and has a tough time routinely keeping his feet under him and generating a real explosive first step in and out of his breaks. Simply runs too upright, which takes away from his balance and makes him seem like he's running out of control at times.
Can catch the football out of the backfield and looks comfortable plucking the ball off his frame and creating after the catch. Snaps his head around quickly and has just enough of a combination of strength and lateral quickness to make a man miss after the catch and get into the open field. However, has only one gear. Isn't going to outpace anyone's angles in the NFL and is just a very average athlete.
Impression: A solid college back who made the most of his starting time toward the end of the year but wasn't even the full-time starter at UNC as a senior. More of a camp body only."
Positive: Explosive ball carrier who has been consistently productive on the college level. Displays the agility and speed to turn the corner, slips off defenders on the inside, and quickly cuts back against the grain. Has a burst, beats defenders into the open field and falls forward when tackled. Picks his way on the inside and finds the open seams.
Negative: Not a truly creative or elusive ball carrier. Does not stand out in any single aspect.
Analysis: Draughn was a very good college back who does not project well to the next level. He has enough skill to be a rotational player on a roster that keeps four running backs."
As a true freshman at UNC in 2006, he redshirted. In 2007 he saw a lot of special teams action, but didn't carry the ball.
In 2008 he played in all 13 games and started the final six and led the Tar Heels in rushing with 866 yards and three touchdowns on 198 carries.
In 2009, he started at tailback until he fractured his left shoulder blade (scapula) on the first play from scrimmage vs. Duke and was lost for the rest of the season. He tallied 567 yards and a touchdown on 124 carries, and added 125 receiving yards on 21 catches.
In 2010, Shaun kind of got lost in the shuffle, but still managed 129-660-6. Made his last game (The Music City Bowl) one of his finest as a Tarheel, rushing for 160 yards.
Strengths: Glider, who gives good effort. Is pretty decent when healthy overall, but lacks the size and durability to be a high pick. Has been productive at UNC when healthy (see the 2008 game tape) and has a little wiggle and can catch some. Spirited competitor. has some intangibles...
Weaknesses: Does not really stand out in any way. Average size, vision, power, speed, etc. Has the injury bug, and may never pay dividends if drafted before the late rounds.
Projection: 7th rounder or priority UDFA. One of those guys who doesn't real stand out in any one particular way, but has some "want to" and could turn out to be a better pro than college player."