David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa-FCS – 2015


All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: Great height and good bulk for the position. Above-average hand size. Despite his size, he has fairly quick feet and burst. Shows above-average vision behind the line and is patient both behind the line and in the open field, waiting for running lanes to develop. Runs with adequate speed for the position and size. Is a very good receiver out of the backfield, with generally good hands. He also runs crisp routes. Has shown versatility during his college career, starting as a wide receiver but later converted to running back. He runs very smoothly and, though he has the quickness and receiving ability you’d expect from a smaller back, he also has the strength you’d expect for his size. He churns through traffic pretty well, and isn’t easy to bring down one on one. Shows above-average balance after contact, even when defenders come at him low. Keeps squared pretty well while making moves. Reminds me – and everyone else – of a bigger and slower Matt Forte.

Negatives: Though he usually shows good hands, he will body catch at times and drop some passes due to lax concentration. His ability to locate and track passes over his inside shoulder is also suspect. His conditioning was also suspect at times in college, but that can be easily fixed. Below-average ball security technique, and will hold the ball low and away through the line and open-field traffic – and while making moves. Had some injury trouble in 2013.

Projection: Round 3. He has the all-around running and receiving skills to be a solid contributor to an NFL team, but isn’t dynamic enough to carry the load. I expect him to be able to come in and put up RB3 numbers right away.

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