Kerryon Johnson

Auburn
RB

Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
Huntsville, AL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
213 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.83
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 2 ‧ Pick 11
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
11
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Vertical Jump
40.0
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Broad Jump
126.0
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3 Cone Drill
7.07
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.29
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Johnson was the winner of Alabama's Mr. Football award after his senior year (1,659 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns) after leading his team to their third straight state title (he set a state record with six touchdowns in the championship game). The top-five running back prospect nationally chose Auburn over Alabama and many others that offered him scholarships. Johnson played in 13 games as a true freshman, starting once (52 carries, 208 yards, three touchdowns; 14 receptions, 159 yards; 14 kick returns, 386 yards). In 2016, Johnson shared carries with fellow sophomore Kamryn Pettway, finishing with 182 totes for 919 yards and 11 scores (17 catches, 125 yards; 12 kick returns, 267 yards in 12 games). He took over the lead-back role in his junior season, earning second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC honors with 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns on 285 carries in 12 games (plus 24 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns). His brother, Kerron, plays professional basketball in Europe (Kerryon was an all-state pick in high school hoops, as well).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
Tevin Coleman
Overview
Has unusual build for the position with a linear frame and thin hips. Johnson proved that he was more than tough enough to carry a heavy workload to help Auburn impose their will on the ground. Johnson runs with good burst and is adept as both an inside and outside runner, but is more likely to become a grinder than a slasher on the next level. Johnson offers three-down value and could become an early starter, but his frame may not be able to hold up over the long haul if he's forced into high carry totals.
Strengths
  • All-State basketball player in high school who plays with fast feet
  • Has instant burst to rocket through the line and onto the second level
  • Gear shifter with access to a variety of speeds
  • Accelerates around edge defender and then gears down for downhill cut
  • Uses strong stiff-arm to dump angle tackles
  • Runs with juice and courage inside
  • Showed toughness and heart as a banger in upset win over Alabama
  • Creates with burst and physicality
  • Never gives in and squeezes everything he can from the run
  • Pinball back with the churning feet and contact balance to carom off tacklers and restart the run
  • More likely the hammer than nail when finishing
  • Goes from bursting to eluding to making the tackler feel it
  • Third down option who understands protections and rarely busts
  • Looks to square up one-on-one targets and has toughness to become even better in NFL
  • Effective on screens, swings and check-downs
  • Adjusts to throws outside his frame
Weaknesses
  • Angular, upright runner with thin hips
  • Scouts are concerned that the combination of his frame and running style could lead to durability issues
  • Segmented downhill mover
  • Can be a step slow to navigate fluid running lanes
  • Likes to see a clear point of entry
  • Runs with average feel for lane development
  • Needs to learn to balance patience with urgency downhill
  • Upright running style
  • Yardage doesn't come easily
  • Doesn't avoid enough punishing hits
  • Hip tightness restricts ability for lateral cuts
  • Leggy and could struggle to avoid early penetration in backfield
Sources Tell Us

"Sometimes he plays with that Le'Veon Bell style where he glides until he sees it and then 'bang'. I thought he was a really competitive runner this year and he can play on all three downs so he has early value." -- NFC team regional scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league