I think you are making the mistake that you are trying to make the draugur be like the magus and pontifex. But the thing is that draugur seems to be designed as a more offensive command destroyer.
If you want a linkslut (3 link ship) don’t pick the draugur. You are better off with the other command destroyers. But keep in mind that even for the magus and pontifex you are making fitting sacrifices when using them as 3 link ships, thus reducing their combat capability. Even if they have their drones, their damage is lacking due to no damage mods (Magus can still do decent dps but can easily be defanged). Likewise 3 link biforst and storks do even more pitiful damage. So when doing a 3 link command destroyer damage isn’t really the focus.
If we instead compared 2 link fits then it gets possible to make fits that can do damage that matters. And for this the Draugur start to shine. It doesn’t take long for a 2 link Draugur to outdamage a 2 link magus and this is without accounting for drone travel time. The pontifex is typically a bit behind on damage, while the stork and bifrost still suffers from having to give up a launcher + they are typically more reliant on fitting.
For 1 link fits the draugur is still king of dps, while the bifrost and stork are catching up to the magus. Aside from that 1 link fits aren’t really that different to the 2 link ones, aside from 2 things: They typically have more tank / damage and for the case of the armor ones they have an extra slot for utility. For the Draugur this utility slot is quite good as it has the bonuses for it.
So the Draugur shouldn’t be compared directly to the magus and pontifex. Instead of being a primary link carrier it’s more like an offensive command destroyer that can provide 1-2 links + mjd while also packing a heavy punch. The biggest issue is not the lack of the 3rd link but other things. Mainly the short range and the high pricetag (and 3 mids can be a bit limiting sometimes). However it is still a strong ship.
We should let it grow in its niche rather than trying to shoehorn it into being just another magus/pontifex.