The Chicago Bears, in need of depth at the running back position, signed Shaun Draughn on Wednesday.
The running back position was left with a hole after the release of Michael Bush. There was just one running back behind starter Matt Forte, Michael Ford, but he has not rushed at all yet in his career.
The 6’0″, 205 pound Draughn signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina in 2011. He did not play in Washington. He ended up playing in Kansas City. He spent last year with the Baltimore Ravens.
General manager Phil Emery is familiar with Draughn. Emery was the Chiefs’ Director of College Scouting when Draughn signed with the team.
In 2012, Draughn played in sixteen games for the Chiefs. He had 59 carries for 233 yards (3.9 yds/carry) and two touchdowns. Last season, he played in only three games for the Ravens. He had just four carries for two yards.
Draughn can also help out on special teams. He has 25 kickoff returns for 590 yards.
Even with the signing, the Bears will probably still pick a running back in the later rounds of the draft, coming up in two weeks.