- Draw play
A draw play, or simply draw for short, is a type of American football play. The draw appears to be a passing play, but is actually a running play; in this way, it can be considered the opposite of the play action pass. The idea behind a draw play is to attack aggressive, pass-rushing defenses by "drawing" them downfield, leaving more open space to run the ball. Draw plays are often run out of the shotgun formation, but can also be run when the quarterback is under center. These types of draw plays are sometimes referred to as delayed handoffs. The running back will most often run straight upfield in the "A-Gap" (the space between the center and offensive guard), although there are more complicated versions.
- Offensive movement during a draw play
- The quarterback drops back to pass, just long enough to get the pass rush to come upfield.
- The offensive linemen momentarily show pass block, but also try to push the defenders to the outside, creating a crease in the middle.
- The running back momentarily fakes as if he's staying in to help pass protect, then takes the hand-off from the quarterback and heads downfield through the crease created by the linemen.
- The receivers run clear-out routes downfield in order to take the defensive backs out of the play.
A variation of this play is the quarterback draw, where the quarterback himself runs the ball, instead of handing it off, meaning the running back is free to help block.
Another variation of this play is called the "wraparound draw" and takes longer to develop than a simple draw play.[vague]
Occasionally, the offense will actually run a double fake and run what looks like a pass (draw), then fake a run (play-action) and end up passing the ball. This is especially effective against defenses where the linebackers and safeties are overly aggressive, because they will see pass initially, but the play-action will pull them down towards the line of scrimmage to stop the run. They will pay no attention to the fact that the play is a fake because they think they already misread a pass and should be out of position once they realize the play really was a pass.
Gridiron football concepts Codes Levels of play Field Equipment PositionsOffense: Quarterback • Running backs (Halfback, Fullback, H-back) • Receivers (Wide receiver, Tight end, Slotback) • Linemen (Center, Guard, Tackle)
Defense: Linemen (Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Nose tackle) • Linebacker • Defensive back (Cornerback, Safety, Nickelback, Dimeback, Halfback)
Special Teams: Placekicker • Punter • Kickoff specialist • Long snapper • Holder • Punt returner • Kickoff returner • Return specialist • Gunner
Other: Utility player • Triple-threat man • Skill position
Play typesOffense: Rush • Pass • Incomplete pass • Lateral • Bootleg play • Draw play • End-around • Flea flicker • Flexbone formation • Fourth down conversion • Hail Mary pass • Halfback option play • Hook and lateral • Kneel • Motion • Hurry-up offense • Option run • Option offense • Play-action pass • Quarterback keeper • Quarterback sneak • Quick kick • Reverse • Scramble • Screen pass • Spike • Statue of Liberty • Sweep • Trick play • Wildcat formation
Defense: Tackle • Blitz • Rush • Sack • Shooting the gap • Stunt • Zone blitz
Special Teams: Kickoff • Kickoff return • Punt • Punt return • Drop kick • Fair catch • Fair catch kick • Icing the kicker • Onside kick • Squib kick • Try
Scoring PenaltiesBlocking below the waist • Block in the back • Chop block • Clipping • Delay of game • Encroachment • Equipment violations • Face mask • False start • Horse-collar tackle • Illegal contact • Illegal formation • Illegal forward kick • Illegal forward pass • Illegal hands to the face • Illegal motion • Illegal participation • Illegal shift • Illegal substitution • Illegal touching • Illegal touching of a free kick • Illegal use of hands • Ineligible receiver downfield • Intentional grounding • Holding • Leaping • Neutral Zone Infraction • Offside • Palpably unfair act • Pass interference • Personal Foul • Roughing the kicker • Roughing the passer • Roughing the snapper • Sideline infraction • Spearing • Time count • Tripping • Unsportsmanlike conduct Turnovers Downs Play clock Statistics Celebrations Miscellaneous American football strategy Offensive playsIndividual playsRoutesManeuvers Defensive playsIndividual plays Offensive formationsA formation • A-11 offense • Buck-lateral series • Double-wing formation • Flexbone formation • I formation • Notre Dame Box • Pistol offense • Pro set • Pro-style offense • Shotgun formation • Single set back • Single-wing formation • Split-T • Spread offense • Sutherland single-wing • T formation • Triple option • Trips formation • Veer • Wildcat formation • Wishbone formation Defensive formations
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