Duke Johnson- Running Back- Miami (FL)
Size: 5’9 206lbs
2012 Stats: 139 carries 947 yards 10 TDs
2013 Stats: 145 carries 920 yards 6 TDs
2014 Stats: 242 carries 1,652 yards 10 TDs

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Strengths:

  • Explosive-quick
  • Breaks tackles- very elusive
  • Good change of direction
  • Decent cut back
  • Toughness- will lower pad level for extra yards

Analysis: Johnson is one of the most NFL ready backs in the draft.  His speed through the hole, combined with his ability to break through arm tackles will allow Johnson to see the field as a rookie.  Solid cut back runner, he can change direction on a dime.  Johnson leaves the University of Miami as their leading rusher.  Quite an accomplishment when you look at some of the Hurricanes alumni (Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Edgerrin James, Otis Anderson).

Need to Improve:

  • Vision- doesn’t always see open hole
  • Cut back- too much
  • Pass protection
  • Injuries- back to back injury riddled years 2013, and 2014

Analysis: Johnson is a gifted runner, but I saw him try and bounce runs to the outside when there was a hole in the middle of the line.  Needs to explode through interior runs.  Iffy in pass protection, Johnson will need to stay low and pop pass rushers off their spot (something I did not see on tape at Miami).  Injuries are a concern, as it seems every year Duke is banged up in some way.

Round Prediction: 3

NFL Comparison: Doug Martin

Dan SchalkFootballNFL DraftNFL DraftDuke Johnson- Running Back- Miami (FL) Size: 5'9 206lbs 2012 Stats: 139 carries 947 yards 10 TDs 2013 Stats: 145 carries 920 yards 6 TDs 2014 Stats: 242 carries 1,652 yards 10 TDs Strengths: Explosive-quick Breaks tackles- very elusive Good change of direction Decent cut back Toughness- will lower pad level for extra yards Analysis: Johnson is one of the...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?