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

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Storm Johnson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Jaguars RB
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Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida (HT: 6’0”, WT: 209 lbs.)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Seventh Round: 222nd Pick

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6'0" 209 lbs 32" 9 1/2"

NFL.com

Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.60 1.63 35.5" 9'10" DNP DNP

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
Year Team Car Yards Avg TD
2010 Miami (Fla.) 9 119 13.2 1
2012 Central Florida 113 507 4.5 4
2013 Central Florida 213 1139 5.3 14

http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/501519/storm-johnson

Receiving Statistics
Year Team Rec Yards Avg TD
2010 Miami (Fla.) 1 9 9.0 0
2012 Central Florida 10 20 2.0 0
2013 Central Florida 30 260 8.7 3

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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