The Lead Draw – Fox 2/3 Draw
By John Anderson
In any passing offense, you must have the ability to negate any strong pass rush. There are three solid ways todo that: a strong running game, screens, and draws. And the purpose of this article is to explain how to use thedraw play to negate the pass rush, but also to give added value and a threat to the passing game.The idea behind the Lead Draw is very simple: pull up the defensive linemen up field in their pass rushes anduse their aggressiveness against them so that you can slip the draw play to a back.. We want to take thedefensive ends up field and kick them out, and push the defensive tackles to one side. This will allow us to useour fullback to isolate a inside linebacker, and possibly break a play. In the process, we want to cut off the pursuit of the rest of the linebackers. Depending on the front, by pushing the defensive tackles in the 43 defenseto one side, or the nose tackle in the 34 defense, we create a cavity for the fullback to have room to push theinside linebacker to one side or the other. The ball carrier will read this as his key block on where to go with the ball from here.As we draw up the blocking schemes versus the different fronts, you will see a great similarity between theway we block the 34 defense and the 43 under defense. The rules are almost identical due to the proximity of the defensive tackle and the weak side outside linebacker. This play is ideal against the 34 defense, and the 43under defense in that it attacks the cavity over the play side guard. This puts the ball into the “B” gap, whileagainst the 43 over defense, or a straight 43, the ball needs to come back inside to the “A” gap. Now you canrun it to the “B” gap versus the straight 43, but you will have to be confident that your play side guard willhandle the defensive tackle.