Kerryon Johnson Could Seize the Lead Role in the Detroit Lions' Backfield

By April 30, 2018No Comments
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Kerryon Johnson had an incredibly successful junior season with the Auburn Tigers, and now the 2017 Doak Walker Award finalist is ready to make a name for himself in the NFL. The former SEC standout clearly made an impression on the Detroit Lions, who moved up eight slots to select him with the 43rd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

A Little Background

After spending most of his first two collegiate seasons as a backup (to Peyton Barber in 2015) or a complementary runner (to Kamryn Pettaway in 2016), Johnson emerged as a feature back a season ago and shouldered the largest workload of his career. When given the opportunity to carry the Tigers' offense, all Johnson did was rush for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns, while snaring 24 receptions for 194 yards and 2 additional scores en route to being named SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Per Pro Football Focus, Johnson ranked fifth in the nation in yards after contact, picking up 826 yards after contact in 2017, while forcing 50 missed tackles in the process.

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