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Storm Johnson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Jaguars RB

Central Florida running back Storm Johnson (8) runs in for a touchdown against Baylor during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida (HT: 6’0”, WT: 209 lbs.)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Seventh Round: 222nd Pick

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
6'0"209 lbs32"9 1/2"
NFL.com
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.601.6335.5"9'10"DNPDNP
NFL.com

 

Positives

  • Fairly slippery runner, shows some elusiveness in the open field and can make himself skinny in the hole
  • Can make defenders miss, jukes defenders on an island
  • Excellent size for an NFL running back with the frame to add muscle
  • Shifty, keeps defenders guessing by changing speed and direction
  • Displays some burst, is quick to accelerate to top speed
  • Flashes patience in letting his blocks develop
  • Light feet for his size, is able to pick and pop
  • Good receiver out of the backfield, improved as a junior with more targets
  • Demonstrates decent hands and can adjust to poorly thrown passes
  • Impressive vision in space, finding cutback lanes and creating his own yardage at times
  • Bounces off weak tackles as agility helps him to reduce direct contact
  • Handled some responsibility in pass protection, shows the ability to recognize and pick up the blitz
  • Has some kick return experience dating back to high school and his freshman season at Miami
  • Durable with no significant injury history and has a lot of tread on his tires due to a limited workload

 

Negatives

  • Too often is guilty of running east-west and losing yardage. Can be too quick to bounce runs outside
  • Ball security is a major concern, had severe fumbling issues in college
  • Inconsistent balance, going down untouched at times when he attempted to make hard cuts
  • Not an especially tough or rugged runner, has more of a finesse style
  • Lacks exceptional power, does not often lower his shoulder pads and punish defenders
  • Does not keep his legs churning to gain yards after contact
  • His quickness and explosiveness do not match his ambition as a runner
  • Inconsistent vision and questionable instincts in traffic
  • Occasionally dances behind the line of scrimmage and is too hesitant when running between the tackles
  • A bit of an upright runner at times who must work to improve his pad level
  • Pass-protection technique needs refinement, drops his eyes and struggles to sustain blocks. Must slide his feet and attempt to steer pass-rushers from harm’s way
  • Average top-end speed, unlikely to be a home run hitter at the next level
  • Relatively average performance at the NFL Scouting Combine compared to others in his position group

 

Rushing Statistics
YearTeamCarYardsAvgTD
2010Miami (Fla.)911913.21
2012Central Florida1135074.54
2013Central Florida21311395.314
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/501519/storm-johnson
Receiving Statistics
YearTeamRecYardsAvgTD
2010Miami (Fla.)199.00
2012Central Florida10202.00
2013Central Florida302608.73
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/501519/storm-johnson

 

Personal Notes

  • First-team American Athletic Conference 2013
  • Redshirted in 2011 as he transferred from Miami to Central Florida
  • Interpersonal/organizational communication major

nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Equipped with prototypical size and surprising agility, Johnson is one of the most intriguing running back prospects. For a big back, he possesses some wiggle and can make defenders miss in space. Despite his size, however, he has more of a finesse running style and is too often observed running east to west. If a coaching staff can get the most out of his athletic ability, he has the potential to develop into a well-rounded, starting-caliber player.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth-Fifth Round

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