Kerryon Johnson Draft Profile

Kerryon Johnson Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Elite burst
  • Showed toughness and heart as a banger in upset win over Alabama
  • Effective on screens, swings and check-downs
  • Adjusts to throws outside his frame
  • Gear shifter with access to a variety of speeds
  • Willing to run inside
  • Physical runner
  • Third down option who understands protections and rarely busts
  • Pass protection is solid
  • Constantly keeps feet moving

Analysis: Kerryon Johnson is the type of running back that does not come along often. He has an unusual build for the position with a linear frame and thin hips–he looks like a slasher, but is more of a grind it out type back. Johnson’s burst is elite and builds up his speed quickly. Despite his small-ish frame, he excels running inside, willing to take on the hits and fight for extra yardage. His feet never quit, always churning for more yards. Where Johnson sets himself apart from some other backs in this year’s class is his ability to affect the game in the passing game. He is a solid receiver out of the backfield and will be a force in the screen game at the next level. He was successful in a variety of different routes at Auburn. What I love most is his willingness and ability to pass protect. He will see the field as a rookie and has a chance to become an early starter because of his ability to protect the quarterback. Understands blocking schemes and his duties.

Weaknesses:

  • Upright runner
  • Doesn’t avoid enough punishing hits
  • Likes to see a clear point of entry
  • Scouts question future durability
  • Hip tightness restricts ability for lateral cuts
  • Runs with average feel for lane development
  • Needs to learn to balance patience with urgency downhill
  • Can be a step slow to navigate fluid running lanes

Analysis: Kerryon Johnson has the ability to be a three-down back in the NFL, but some scouts question his body’s ability to hold up to that constant abuse. He doesn’t avoid contact, rather seeks it out looking to punish defenders if they try to tackle him. Obviously that toughness is something you like, but it has to be done effectively and not all the time. Johnson has an upright running style, giving defenders more of a target to hit. His vision can be suspect at times on tape–he needs to see a clear hole before he will make his way through it and his lateral quickness is restricted by hip tightness throughout his runs. If his position coach in the NFL can get him to be hit his holes when there is only a small crease he will become a better football player in the NFL than he was at Auburn.

What the scouts say: “Sometimes he plays with that Le’Veon Bell style where he glides until he sees it and then ‘bang’. I thought he was a really competitive runner this year and he can play on all three downs so he has early value.” — NFC team regional scout

Size: 6’0 212lbs

Draft Grade: 2nd round

NFL Comparison: Tevin Coleman

Draft Projection: Round 2

https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/884581014.jpg.0.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/884581014.jpg.0.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Dan SchalkNFLNFL DraftRecent PostsSECAuburn Tigers,Kerryon Johnson,Kerryon Johnson Draft Profile,NFL,NFL Draft,RB,SECKerryon Johnson Draft Profile Strengths: Elite burst Showed toughness and heart as a banger in upset win over Alabama Effective on screens, swings and check-downs Adjusts to throws outside his frame Gear shifter with access...