5-11/218 Colorado State
Pros: Runs hard with nice power and toughness. Likes contact and doesn't shy away from it. A good straight-line runner with decent burst for his size. Has decent hands and shows some ability to adjust to the ball in the air.
Cons: Doesn't cut or change direction well. Lacks home run speed and won't outrun anybody at the NFL level. Has only adequate vision. Not a natural receiver. Needs to improve in pass protection.
Overview: He was slated to probably be moved to fullback until he had a strong finish to the season, rushing for 860 yards in his final 6 games, including 285 in a great bowl performance vs. Fresno State. Finished senior year with 1,476 yards and 12 touchdowns. But still is going to be limited as a tailback at the next level.
NFL Forecast: Because of his lack of speed and burst, he's going to be hard-pressed to make an impact in the NFL. He'll need big holes and probably have to play behind a good zone blocking line. If Denver was still around, he'd fit well there. He lost some weight in the off-season in order to get quicker, but still has marginal NFL speed. He projects best as a short-yardage back in the NFL, and I would recommend him bulking back up much closer to 230 or more pounds. Could still get some looks at fullback, but raw there considering he did little blocking in school. He'd be a long-term project that would have to impact special teams early in order to stick on an NFL roster. He doesn't have a great NFL future, but is the type of player that could dominate a lower level of competition because of his power and toughness.
ATL Forecast: Johnson would be hard-pressed to make it in Atlanta. He's a more natural runner than Snelling, but is not better at this point. And unless he could make an impact on special teams, wouldn't be able to make the roster at either running back or fullback.
Value: He's not worth drafting because of his tweener status, but definitely worth an invite to camp.
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