Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State

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Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State

Postby Pudge » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:34 pm

Ian Johnson
5-11/211 Boise State
4.46 Senior

Pros: He's a nice north-south runner with decent straight-line speed. Has good patience and vision as a runner, letting blocks and plays set up for him. Is a capable receiver. A high character player. Show some potential in pass protection.

Cons: Undersized, coupled with lacking power and lacking burst. Not strong in the lower body and is not explosive out of his cuts, and doesn't change direction well. Lacks long speed to take it the distance. Seems tentative at times and not good after contact.

Overview: Johnson was listed at 195 during the season, so he seemingly has bulked up quite a bit. Hopefully it's in the lower body. Famous for what he did vs. Oklahoma in the bowl game 2 years ago more so than his actual skill on the field.

NFL Forecast: Boise State produces high character players. Namely because most aren't good enough athletes to play at a major conference. Johnson is this type of player. He's a guy that is going to have to stick on special teams to make in the NFL. And I don't doubt he'll be able to perform there because of his high character. BUt as a runner, he really isn't that great. If the added weight makes him a bit more powerful and/or explosive, he has a chance. But at best, he's a third down back that won't be anything special. Too similar to a player like Brock Forsey, who amounted to very little in the pros after a solid career at BSU. He's never going to be a major factor on offense, but if he can prove himself on special teams I see him sticking around the league for a while.

ATL Forecast: Johnson's presence in Atlanta would be based entirely on his ability and potential to work on special teams coverage units. He's not a better option as a third down back than either Brown or Norwood, and it's likely the Falcons would be able to find a better option down the road.

Value: For a team that loves his special teams potential and character, might make him a seventh round pick. But I wouldn't draft him.
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