Tarboro native Shaun Draughn agreed to a deal with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday.
Draughn, who was let go by Kansas City during the final cut of the preseason, is expected to contribute as a kick returner for the Ravens.
Draughn, a 2006 Tarboro High School graduate and former Telegram All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, spent parts of the previous two seasons with the Chiefs.
The former North Carolina standout rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns. last season. He also caught 24 passes for 158 yards.
He narrowly missed earning a spot on the Chiefs for a third season and the first under coach Andy Reid, who was hired after last season.
“They told me I’m a special teams guy,” Draughn told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s basically the same role I had last year in Kansas City, where I came in on third down, and just be ready when I’m called.
“It’s a good thing. It’s everything I’ve been praying for. It’s a good team, happy to be a part of a winning tradition and good guys in the locker room from what I hear.”
Draughn’s opportunity in Baltimore was made possible when Ravens wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones sprained his knee against the Broncos on the opening night of the season. Jones is expected to miss at least a month.
Draughn’s 23.3-yard kick return average last season ranked 20th in the NFL among players with at least 20 returns.