Tarboro native Shaun Draughn is a member of the Washington Redskins.
Draughn agreed to a free agent deal with Washington on Tuesday during the first day of a busy signing period for NFL teams.
Draughn, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back who played at North Carolina from 2007-2010, was not selected in April’s NFL Draft, but he quickly was scooped up by the Redskins a day after the league’s 132-day lockout ended.
A few of Draughn’s former North Carolina teammates agreed to free agent contracts, as well, including defensive back Kendric Burney (Carolina), tight end Zach Pianalto (Buffalo) and offensive linemen Alan Pelc (Oakland) and Mike Ingersoli (Kansas City).
Draughn completed his career in Chapel Hill with 2,070 yards and 10 touchdowns. He ran for a career-high 160 yards in North Carolina’s victory against Tennessee in December at the Music City Bowl.
Draughn’s yards per carry climbed each season to a peak of 4.9 his senior season.
He played safety during his redshirt freshman season, but reverted to his natural position during his sophomore year after a number of injuries to Tar Heels who played the positon.
Draughn graduated from Tarboro High in 2006. He was one of the top-ranked recruits during a senior season in which he finished with 21 touchdowns and was named the Telegram’s All-Area Offensive Player of the Year.
The Redskins open training camp Thursday at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or firstname.lastname@example.org