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

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

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

Jacksonville Jaguars

Seventh Round: 222nd Pick

Combine Weigh-In
6'0"209 lbs32"9 1/2"
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle



  • 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



  • 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
2010Miami (Fla.)911913.21
2012Central Florida1135074.54
2013Central Florida21311395.314
Receiving Statistics
2010Miami (Fla.)199.00
2012Central Florida10202.00
2013Central Florida302608.73


Personal Notes

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



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