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Encyclopedia > Draw play

A draw is a type of football play that "tricks" the defense into thinking a pass is being thrown, when in fact a running play has been called. The draw play 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 upfield, therefore leaving more room to run the ball. Draw plays are usually 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.

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 pass block, but also try to push the defenders to the outside, creating a crease in the middle.
  • The running back fakes as if he's staying in to help pass protect, then after about two seconds, takes the hand-off from the quarterback and heads upfield 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 takes the snap, drops back to pass for a few moments, then runs upfield through the hole created by the linemen.

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Draw poker is the general name for any variant in which each player is dealt a complete hand before the first betting round, and then develops the hand for later rounds by replacing cards.
In American football, a draw play is one that "tricks" the defense into thinking a pass is being thrown, when in fact a running play has been called.
Draw is also a slang term for cannabis used notably by the Goldie Lookin' Chain.
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