Chris Johnson Scouting Report
|School:||East Carolina Pirates|
|Height & Weight:||5'11 - 195 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina
Johnson began his college career in 2005 playing in all of the Pirates' eleven games, starting seven. He led the team in rushing with 561 yards on 134 carriers and five touchdowns. After the season, Johnson was named to the All Conference USA Freshman Team. He started every game (11) during his sophomore season, leading the team in rushing with 176 carriers for 684 yards and six TDs. He was second on the team in receiving with 35 catches for 356 yards and two TDs. Johnson had a neck surgery prior to the 2006 season, so he started only five of twelve games -- rushing for 314 yards on 78 carriers with four TDs. He was selected to the First Team All Conference USA as a kick returner and had a breakthrough senior season. He rushed for 1,200 yards, had 496 in receiving yards and 856 yards in return. He scored 22 TDs. Johnson caped off the season with an NCAA-1 record of 408 total yards from scrimmage during the Pirates' Bowl game. Johnson is one of the best athletes in this draft class and one of the fastest players in the nation (4.27-40) because of his very quick feet. He is instinctive in the open field, able to have a smooth change of directions. An outstanding receiver out of the backfield, Johnson runs crisp routes and will extended his hands to catch the ball away from his body. Although, he is undersized, lacks height and needs to add strength to be a big contender in the next level. He gives next to nothing inside and needs to show more while blocking and stop running from contact. Durability is a concern at the next level. On athletic ability alone, Johnson is worth a first or second round selection. He can take it to the end zone every time he touches the ball. Also, a great kick returner, Johnson will contribute immediately as a KR and change of pace back. He will most likely be drafted in the second or third round, mainly because of his speed and talent. He is not projected as a full time tailback in the next level.
Last Updated Jan-14-2008 by Raul Colon
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