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For the 2015 season, the PFWA voted Giants safety Landon Collins and undrafted tight end Will Tye to the All-Rookie Team. In 2014, Odell Beckham Jr. was named the PFWA’s Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year. Those awards both went to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott this year, and Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who led all NFL rookies in sacks, was selected as the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
A 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back, Shaun Draughn signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He has played six NFL seasons with eight different teams. Draughn most recently spent two years as a member of the San Francisco 49ers backfield.
The 5-11, 205-pound Draughn has played for six teams in six years, most recently the San Francisco 49ers. He has played in 57 games with seven starts, and his career totals include 225 carries for 723 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 80 receptions for 597 yards and two scores. He also has 17 special teams tackles.
Last November in MetLife Stadium, a first-year high school head football coach ran into his mentor and confidant, a man who just happens to be one of the best coaches in both Giants and NFL history. Rich Seubert had come to support Tom Coughlin, who was inducted into the organization’s Ring of Honor at halftime of the Giants’ victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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The Giants hope to significantly improve a running attack that ranked 29th in the NFL last season with an average of 88.3 yards a game. Their leading rusher, Rashad Jennings, was released on February 13. Draughn joins a backfield that includes second-year pro Paul Perkins, the team’s top returning rusher, Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen.
Draughn entered the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted rookie free agent with Washington, from the University of North Carolina. He was released at the end of training camp and signed a month later to the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad. Draughn stayed with the Chiefs for two seasons and in 2012 he rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and caught 24 passes.
“I wanted to be converted,” Draughn said. “I played safety in high school, but running back was my primary position. Going into college, the running backs coach wanted me to play running back, the DBs coach wanted me to play safety. I went to the defensive side of the ball, because it gave me an opportunity to play earlier. But I wasn’t good at it. I told coach Butch Davis in spring ball – in ’08, I think it was – ‘I think I can help the team better at running back.’ And that’s what I did. I love it.”
Draughn began his collegiate career as a safety before converting to running back as a sophomore. He played in 44 games at North Carolina, where he rushed for 2,070 yards and 10 touchdowns on 451 carries, and caught 50 passes for 268 yards and a score.
Let’s go with wide receiver. Not many teams have a top three with the production, consistency and big-play ability of Odell Beckham, Jr., Sterling Shepard jersey, and Brandon Marshall. Dwayne Harris caught just one pass last season, but has shown he’s capable of much more, and Roger Lewis, Jr., and Tavarres King are promising youngsters.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard was born to play football. The son of a Super Bowl and NCAA champion, he followed in his father’s footsteps to a standout career at the University of Oklahoma before being selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. We pick up with him after the Giants’ third-straight victory, a game in which Shepard caught one of Eli Manning’s four touchdown passes…
Shepard, the 5-foot-10, 194-pound second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, has dealt with it his whole career while climbing the ranks from high school to college and now to the pros.