NFL Draft Profile: Central Florida RB Storm Johnson

NFL Draft Profile: Central Florida RB Storm Johnson
April 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Storm Johnson (RB), Central Florida
 
6'0" | 209 lbs.
 
2013 stats: 
 
213 attempts, 1,139 rushing yards, 14 TD
 
Projection:
 
4th/5th Round
 
What scouts are saying:
 
"Johnson is a big, nifty-footed runner with enough run strength and burst to be productive in a downhill power scheme or as a one-cut zone runner. However, he will have to take better care of the football and make strides in pass protection to earn carries." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Sports a smooth, well-proportioned frame with room for additional muscular definition. Natural runner, demonstrating good instincts for the position. May not possess impressive timed speed but plays faster than he looks, surprising pursuing defenders by out-running their angles. Not asked to run a variety of routes in this offense but is an alert receiver with soft hands." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)

"Johnson has a nice skill set with some strength, quickness and receiving ability. A big knock on him is fumbles as he put the ball on the ground a lot in 2013. That looks like a big issue that is hurting Johnson with teams." (WalterFootball.com)

Fit for the Bears:

With the loss of Michael Bush, there's a vacant spot in the backfield to challenge as Matt Forte's backup. It's evident Phil Emery has been focusing on patching up the Bears defense this offseason, but it's likely he'll target a running back in the later rounds, such as Johnson. His style — a downhill runner — would compliment Forte, and be a much younger and cheaper version of Bush.

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