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Name: *Kerryon Johnson 
College: Auburn     Number: 21
Height: 5-11   Weight: 213
Position: RB  Pos2: KR  Class/Draft Year: Jr/2018
40 Low: 4.47
  40 Time: 4.56
   40 High: 4.63

Projected Round: 2      Stock: 
Rated number 6 out of 167 RB's     57 / 2197 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 5114
Weight: 213

PD3X AKA "Official"
40 Yard Dash (ET):
 

40 Yard Dash (HH): 
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225 Lb. Bench Reps: 11
Vertical Jump: 40
Broad Jump: 10'06"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.29
3-Cone Drill: 7.07
No Full Workout-Choice

Dates: 03/09/18
Hand: 09 3/4  Arm: 32 1/2
Wingspan: 77 5/8

Height: 5114
Weight: 213

40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.52
20 Yard (HH): 2.66
10 Yard (HH): 1.63
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
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 4.45  40 Time Range: 4.52-4.59/Combine Numbers for the Rest
 Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-02-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft…2017: OPOYC/OPOYM/1stC...2016: NAC...2015: NAC
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  Kerryon Johnson
Auburn Tigers
Running Back
5-11, 212, 4.45, #21
Huntsville, Ala.
Madison Academy
6/30/1997


 Update

  3/09/18 - Kerryon Johnson can now happily get back to his football routine. The Auburn running back ran the 40 before NFL scouts Friday at the school's pro day after skipping it at the combine. He didn't quite make his goal of 4.50 seconds or better, running in 4.58 and 4.54, but was happy to get it over with.
"Now I'm back to being an actual football player," Johnson said. "I'm not working on those drills or anything. Now I'm just working on bettering myself as a running back." Johnson and a number of former teammates went through drills and ran for representatives of NFL teams.

2/27/18 -- Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn...One of the toughest backs I've ever evaluated, Johnson competes with a high pain tolerance, but his list of career injuries is extensive, dating back to high school. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

…01/02/18 - Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year announced his decision Tuesday in a Twitter post.

Johnson ran for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns this season despite missing two games with an injury. He had one three-game SEC stretch when he scored 11 touchdowns. Johnson ran for 167 yards in an upset of Georgia, which topped the playoff rankings at the time. He had 30 carries for 104 yards against then-No. 1 Alabama, but was limited in the SEC championship game rematch with the Bulldogs by a shoulder injury. He ran 22 times for 71 yards in a Peach Bowl loss to UCF on Monday. Johnson thanked Auburn fans "for all the endless support that has not always been deserved."

2/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson, who was named the AP's SEC offensive player of the year Monday, led the conference in rushing yards (1,320), rushing yards per game (120) and total touchdowns (19). The junior is the ninth different Auburn player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009. - Auburn Football

12/06/17 - 2017 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson was named the SEC offensive player of the year. The junior running back, who was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, led the conference with 1,320 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. His 17 touchdowns during league play were three more than any other SEC player, and his 15 rushing touchdowns in SEC games tied Cam Newton's record at Auburn. Johnson becomes the fourth Auburn player to win the award, joining the likes of Jason Campbell (2004), Newton (2010) and Tre Mason (2013).

12/05/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson averaged 120 rushing yards per game, gaining 1,320 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 23 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a TD pass, helping No. 7 Auburn win the SEC Western Division. - Auburn Football


 Overview

  A two-year starter at Auburn, Johnson showed promise as a sophomore before emerging as the bellcow runner for the Tigers in 2017 and one of the best backs in college football. His 115.9 rushing yards per game as a junior ranked ninth-best among power-five programs and his 18 touchdowns was more than 46 FBS teams.

Based on first glance, Johnson doesn’t blow you away as a NFL prospect because of his tall pads and average speed, but he skillfully walks the fine line between being patient and quick-minded as a runner, making correct reads and maximizing the space available.

While he was rarely 100% healthy at Auburn, he never gave less than 100% effort when on the field and his trademark toughness is exceptional. However, he didn’t have an injury-free season in college and sustained health is the largest concern for his NFL transition.

BACKGROUND
A four-star running back recruit out of high school, Johnson rushed for 5,274 yards over his career at Madison Academy, helping lead the Mustangs to three straight state titles (37-1 record). He was named Alabama’s Mr. Football and the Gatorade Alabama player of the year as a senior, collecting scholarship offers from every major program in the south. Johnson grew up a Florida State fan and showed plenty of interest in nearby Alabama, but it was a connection he felt at Auburn that led him to the Plains.

Johnson joined a crowded backfield in 2015 and was used primarily as a receiving back on third downs, finishing third on the team in rushing with 208 yards on 52 carries and three scores. As a sophomore, he shared the starting running back duties with Kamryn Pettway and finished second on the team with 895 rushing yards and a team-best 11 rushing scores.

Johnson became Auburn’s feature runner as a junior in 2017 (12 starts) and led the SEC in rushing yards (1,391) and rushing touchdowns (18), despite missing a pair of games due to injury. He was named First Team All-SEC and SEC Offensive Player of the Year, finishing ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting.



 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Elite patience and timing, allowing blocks to develop. Widescreen vision and feels developing run lanes. Excellent spatial awareness and understands how to maximize running angles. Quick decision-maker. Flexible joints and keeps his balance well to work off tackle attempts. Lateral movement skills to create off-balance tackle attempts. Long strides to accelerate once he finds a sliver of daylight. Strong foundation as a runner. Drives his legs and uses a violent stiff arm to punish defenders, making it a chore to bring him down. Workhorse mentality and averaged 25.8 offensive touches per game in 2017. Natural ball skills as a receiver, recording 55 catches (fifth-best among running backs in Auburn history) for 478 yards and two scores over his career. Not shy giving up his body in pass protection. Used as the primary kickoff returner his first two seasons at Auburn, averaging 25.1 yards per return (26/653/0). Competes with the warrior toughness desired for the position – won’t voluntarily come off the field and does a great job tolerating pain (his father, Kerry, is an athletic trainer). Multiple SEC Honor Roll recipient and takes care of his business off the field. Finished his career ranked top-10 in Auburn history with 3,625 all-purpose yards. – Dane Brugler 1/3/2018

WEAKNESSES
High cut and long-legged. Runs erect and doesn’t consistently drop his hips to generate burst. Not the most graceful runner in tight spaces. Doesn’t consistently lower his pads, exposing his body and the ball. Holds the ball loose and needs to improve his security (despite only three fumbles at Auburn). Lean-muscled for the position. Lack of secondary speed limits his big play potential (only three runs of 30+ yards in 2017). Gets in trouble when he catches in pass protection and needs to improve his blocking mechanics. Durability will be questioned due to his physical run style and a laundry list of injuries – left the Alabama game (Nov. 2017) due to injuries to his ribs and right shoulder; missed two games as a junior with a hamstring injury (Sept. 2017); missed playing time as a sophomore due to a “severely” sprained right ankle (Oct. 2016); collected numerous injuries in high school, including a separate left shoulder, surgically repaired right shoulder, sprained MCL and broken thumb. – Dane Brugler 1/3/2018

COMPARES TO: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears – While Johnson is a leaner version, he has the toughness and skill-set that resembles the Bears’ workhorse, who has rushed for 1,100+ rushing yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.

IN OUR VIEW: While the long-term health concerns are worrisome, Johnson has the patience, pacing and feel as a ball carrier to eat away at defenses. His win-at-all-cost attitude and multi-dimensional skills will endear him to NFL coaches and allow him to be a valuable piece of a NFL offense.



 2017 Season

  01/02/18 - Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

The Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year announced his decision Tuesday in a Twitter post. Johnson ran for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns this season despite missing two games with an injury. He had one three-game SEC stretch when he scored 11 touchdowns.

Johnson ran for 167 yards in an upset of Georgia, which topped the playoff rankings at the time. He had 30 carries for 104 yards against then-No. 1 Alabama, but was limited in the SEC championship game rematch with the Bulldogs by a shoulder injury. He ran 22 times for 71 yards in a Peach Bowl loss to UCF on Monday. Johnson thanked Auburn fans "for all the endless support that has not always been deserved." - AP College Football

12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson, who was named the AP's SEC offensive player of the year Monday, led the conference in rushing yards (1,320), rushing yards per game (120) and total touchdowns (19). The junior is the ninth different Auburn player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009. - Auburn Football

12/06/17 - 2017 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson was named the SEC offensive player of the year. The junior running back, who was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, led the conference with 1,320 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. His 17 touchdowns during league play were three more than any other SEC player, and his 15 rushing touchdowns in SEC games tied Cam Newton's record at Auburn. Johnson becomes the fourth Auburn player to win the award, joining the likes of Jason Campbell (2004), Newton (2010) and Tre Mason (2013).

12/05/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson averaged 120 rushing yards per game, gaining 1,320 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 23 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a TD pass, helping No. 7 Auburn win the SEC Western Division. - Auburn Football


 2016 Season

  Starting tailback who is also a kick returner ... 895 rushing yards on season ... played in 12 games with six starts … 11 rushing touchdowns on season is 18th in Auburn single-season history ... rushed for 94 yards on 23 carries with a 9-yard TD against Clemson … first career 100-yard game came against Arkansas State, with 124 yards on 18 carries with TD of 47 and 1 yards … eighth player under Malzahn as Auburn head coach to rush for 100+ yards ... 60 yards rushing with a 2-yard TD vs. Texas A&M … 93 yards rushing, 68 yards receiving vs. LSU … 146 yards, two TD on 24 carries against ULM … limited early action at Mississippi State before injury … 42 yards rushing and two catches for 43 yards at Ole Miss … 36 yards rushing vs. Vanderbilt … 99 yards rushing with a TD at Georgia … 108 yards rushing, one TD against Alabama A&M … had 33 yards rushing, 32 kick return yards and a one-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Harris against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl ... CoSIDA Academic All-District ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.

 2015 Season

  True freshman tailback … saw first action vs. Louisville … 9-yard gain was the first play of overtime vs. Jacksonville State … first career catch was 7 yards vs. JSU … 129 all-purpose yards at LSU included KO returns of 40, 30 and 28 yards … 28 yards rushing, 32 yards receiving vs. Mississippi State … first start came against San José State, gaining 21 yards rushing in wildcat package … 161 all-purpose yards at Kentucky included 36 rushing, 14 receiving and 111 on four KO returns … 31 yards rushing, 11 yards receiving at Arkansas … three catches gained 43 yards at Texas A&M, along with 19 yards rushing and a 21-yard kick return … 7-yard TD run vs. Georgia … pair of kick returns gained 65 yards vs. Idaho … 26-yard kick return vs. Alabama ... 8-yard TD run and 37-yard reception vs. Memphis in Birmingham Bowl ... SEC first-year academic honor roll ... Academic Top Tiger.

 High School

  Accomplished running back who is the 2015 Alabama Mr. Football … 1,659 yards, 25 TD as a senior … Class 3A Super 7 MVP, and set a championship game record scoring six TD … 5,274 career yards rushing and 109 total TD scored (rush, rec., INT, KR) … led Coach Eric Cohu’s Mustangs to three straight state titles … MVP of Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … Under Armour All-America Game … three times ASWA first team all-state … AL.com A-List … Gatorade state player of the year … ranked the No. 1 prospect in Alabama by 247 Sports, Scout and ESPN … top five RB by ESPN, Rivals, Scout … Max Preps small school All-America … PrepStar top 40 … John Stallworth athlete of the year award ... also all-state in basketball.

 Personal

  Birthday is June 30 ... son of Natalie Johnson and Kerry Johnson ... has a brother, Kerron, and two sisters, Nyla and Kalonda ... brother plays professional basketball in Europe ... studying in the College of Education.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
03/10/18 - Auburn has a chance to have the most draft picks in school history come April, and with 16 players participating in Friday's Pro Day, it was no surprise that scouts from all 32 NFL teams were on hand to evaluate the group. "It's important," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "I think it says a lot about our program and the foundation that we've built the last five years. (There are) a lot of very talented young men out here that are going to be very successful at the next level and represent Auburn the right way and represent their families the right way. "When you recruit these guys and they have a dream and they get a chance to show these scouts what they can do, it's always a really special day."

The most eyes were likely on running back Kerryon Johnson, the SEC offensive player of the year, who performed well at the NFL combine last weekend but chose not to run the 40-yard dash. Instead, he waited to run it at Pro Day, and with unofficial times of 4.58 and 4.54, he reached the personal goal that he set for himself. "A 4.5 or lower," Johnson said. "If I can get in the 4.4s, whoop-de-doo. But 4.5, it couldn't be anything above that. That was my goal. That's what I've been working on for three months, and I just had to come out here and prove it today." Johnson also stayed after and went through various position drills for the scouts. - Auburn Football

03/09/18 - Kerryon Johnson can now happily get back to his football routine. The Auburn running back ran the 40 before NFL scouts Friday at the school's pro day after skipping it at the combine. He didn't quite make his goal of 4.50 seconds or better, running in 4.58 and 4.54, but was happy to get it over with. "Now I'm back to being an actual football player," Johnson said. "I'm not working on those drills or anything. Now I'm just working on bettering myself as a running back." Johnson and a number of former teammates - including cornerback Carlton Davis , defensive end Jeff Holland and guard Braden Smith - went through drills and ran for representatives of NFL teams. Johnson, Davis, Holland and running back Kamryn Pettway all skipped their final seasons

Projected as a potential early round pick in the April draft, Johnson's 40 time was the biggest question mark going into the day. The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder was named Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year and second-team All-American by The Associated Press despite some injury issues that cost him two early season games and slowed him down late in the season. Injuries have been a hot topic for NFL teams meeting with Johnson. "I think everybody always goes with the durability question," he said. "So we talk about it. Teams are a lot more willing to listen and understand than people outside of football. Bottom line is, playing SEC running back for three years, I missed three games. Not many running backs can say that when they come out of this league." - AP College Football

02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn...One of the toughest backs I've ever evaluated, Johnson competes with a high pain tolerance, but his list of career injuries is extensive, dating back to high school. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/02/18 - Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year announced his decision Tuesday in a Twitter post. Johnson ran for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns this season despite missing two games with an injury. He had one three-game SEC stretch when he scored 11 touchdowns. Johnson ran for 167 yards in an upset of Georgia, which topped the playoff rankings at the time. He had 30 carries for 104 yards against then-No. 1 Alabama, but was limited in the SEC championship game rematch with the Bulldogs by a shoulder injury. He ran 22 times for 71 yards in a Peach Bowl loss to UCF on Monday. Johnson thanked Auburn fans "for all the endless support that has not always been deserved." - AP College Football
01/01/18 - Auburn's Kerryon Johnson isn't quite ready to call his college career complete. Not long after the No. 7 Tigers lost the Peach Bowl 34-27 to No. 10 Central Florida on Monday, Johnson didn't want to look to the future just yet. He already has drawn plenty of attention in the NFL after being named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year, but the junior from Huntsville stopped short of saying he's ready to apply for early entry for the draft. "I've got to think about the positives and negatives and all that stuff," he said. "That's a life choice. There's only a few times that you get a life choice. College is one, and this is another. Just got to take time and do it." Johnson reported no health issues after rushing 22 times for 71 yards. He scored one touchdown, a 4-yard run midway through the third quarter, but otherwise had a quiet afternoon.

There were concerns last week that Johnson wasn't recovered from right shoulder and rib injuries he suffered in the win over Alabama in the regular-season finale. He played in the SEC championship game loss to Georgia in a significant amount of pain, finishing with 44 yards rushing on a season-low 13 carries. Johnson, the powerful back who led the SEC in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards per game, was neutralized by a Central Florida defense that made stopping him its top priority. "I thought Kerryon was fairly close to 100 percent today," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "We didn't do a very good job blocking up front. There's a lot of times that - they had some stunts early on and they got us before we got going. I thought Kerryon had some very good runs, some tough runs, and there wasn't a whole lot of creases like there normally is." - AP College Football


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