Ty Johnson

Maryland
RB

Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
MD
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
208 lbs
29 3/4”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 6 ‧ Pick 13

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Johnson was not used to losing when he arrived on the Maryland campus, coming from a high school team that had not lost a game in two seasons. He got on the field right away, playing in 12 games as a backup in 2015 (35-250-7.1, three TD rushing; 2-30-15.0 receiving; 5-125-25.0 kick returns). Johnson became the man as a sophomore, leading the team in rushing (110-1,004, six TD) and setting a school record with 9.1 yards per rush. He also caught 16 passes for 206 yards (12.9 average) and a score in 13 games (eight starts). He again led the team in rushing and collected honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a junior, rushing for 875 yards and five scores on 137 carries (6.4 average) and excelling as a kick returner (27-657-24.3, one TD). His senior season was a bit of a letdown, due to a calf injury and the appearance of young Anthony McFarland on the scene. Johnson started nine games in 2018, averaging 7.7 yards per carry but only getting the ball 77 times (509 yards, three TD). He did return a kickoff for a second straight season (14-381-27.2).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Johnson is slightly undersized as an every-down back and might not have the skill-set to be a third-down option. He is a natural runner who consistently finds enough chunk runs to post impressive yards-per-carry totals, but his inability to run with power or help on third downs could limit his chances of sticking with a team.
Strengths
  • Quick to diagnose run-lane development but doesn't rush the process
  • Sly burst to escape out of the side door of traffic
  • Natural recognition to locate early penetration and steer clear of it
  • Controlled, understated jump-cuts allow for quicker gather-and-go running style
  • Runs with square pad and good knee bend, improving contact balance
  • Can make steep, angular cuts across the grain to access backside lanes
  • Gets good depth in pressing line of scrimmage to set up linebackers pre-cut
  • Has burst to race to the edge as an outside runner
Weaknesses
  • Lacks powerful stiff-arm to deter and punish angle tacklers
  • Looks like he's always seeking an opportunity to break runs wide
  • Not a very physical finisher; slows feet into contact
  • Tends to give in to second-level tacklers too easily
  • Wasn't much of a pass-catching or third-down factor at Maryland
  • Unable to hold much ground in blitz pickup and was subbed out on passing downs
  • Doesn't have power to push the pile or handle short-yardage or goal line duties

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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