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A standout running back at the 2015 Senior Bowl, Northern Iowa running back David Johnson has what it takes to make an impact in the NFL. With a 6’1” frame and weighing in at 224 lbs., Johnson reminds of a lankier version of NFL running back standout, Steven Jackson.
In his senior year of college, David Johnson finished having started ten of 11 games, for 1,286 yards on 222 carries, at an eye-popping 5.8 yards per carry (YPC). Johnson rushed for over 100 yards in seven games. He chipped in an additional 393 yards receiving for 1,679 yards from scrimmage, ranking him 11th overall in all-purpose yards (APY) in the FCS. With 32 career touchdowns, Johnson rushed for 4 touchdowns against Iowa State. His career high in a game is 199 yards against Iowa State.
At the Senior Bowl, David Johnson carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards (4.3 YPC) including a 19 yard scamper for a touchdown run. Johnson excelled in the zone blocking scheme the South employed, fully capable of reading the whole and busting through it running downhill. If he could improve anything, he should try to run with the ball closer to his body. He’s a smooth, silky runner, much like Arian Foster.
David Johnson is a capable blocker out of the backfield. In a game against Iowa this season, Iowa was certainly not too big for Johnson to handle. Indeed, he made a nifty fifteen hard catch which he took 45 yards to the Iowa fifteen.
David Johnson is viewed as a border line top-ten running back but should be ranked higher. With third round value, Johnson would be a steal in the fourth or fifth round of the NFL Draft if he falls that far. With some work, Johnson has starter ability. His 4.50-forty run was among the best at the NFL Combine.
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