Storm Johnson, RB

School: UCF  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Loganville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 209 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.601.5916 35 1/29'10"--

Player Overview

The hype out of Central Florida this season will focus on quarterback Blake Bortles but his ascent was clearly impacted by the stellar running by Johnson, a former elite prep prospect who originally signed with Miami.

Johnson starred as a member of the Hurricanes' scout team, earning the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year and averaging 13.2 yards per carry (nine attempts over 10 games) as a true freshman. He elected to transfer following his only season at "The U," however and was forced to sit out the 2011 season due to NCAA policy.

He provided an appetizer of things to come with a steady first season with the Golden Knights, rushing for 507 yards and four scores in backup duty behind Latavius Murray, a sixth round selection in the 2013 draft by the Oakland Raiders. Once given the reigns in 2013, Johnson exploded for 1,139 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, as well as 30 catches for 260 yards and another three scores to earn All-American Athletic First Team honors.

In terms of lateral burst, Johnson isn't a creative make-you-miss runner. He has a feel for running inside the box, however, varying his gait and reacting to the flow of defenders to gain chunks of yardage. His deceptive speed and core power could help him emerge as a key part of an NFL rotation.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a smooth, well-proportioned frame with room for additional muscular definition. Natural runner, demonstrating good instincts for the position. Varies his burst to the ball, demonstrating impressive burst to attack gaps, as well as the patience to allow things to develop.

Can plant his leg and drive upfield, showing good core strength to slip past the arm-tackles at the line of scrimmage and get into the open. Lowers his shoulders through contact and keeps his legs churning. Good forward lean to pick up additional hidden yardage. Good vision to locate cut-back lanes and doesn't hesitate to cut back into traffic if he senses the defense over-flowing.

May not possess impressive timed speed but plays faster than he looks, surprising pursuing defenders by out-running their angles. Flashes an effective stiff-arm to knock defenders away. Not asked to run a variety of routes in this offense but is an alert receiver with soft hands.

WEAKNESSES: Better than the sum of his parts. Does not possess breakaway speed nor is he as powerful as a frame would suggest. Too often goes down to the first hit, showing just average balance and lacking the subtle slip off of defenders to rack up yardage after contact. Must run north and south to be effective.

Does not possess the speed to beat defenders to the corner and loses power when running east and west at the line of scrimmage. Only one season as the unquestioned starter and that came with a first round quarterback earning the focus of the defense.

COMPARES TO: Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins - Johnson isn't a dynamic enough runner to project as a full-time workhorse at the NFL level but his length, power and surprising acceleration could make him a very effective complement as part of a committee.

--Rob Rang

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jaguars' pick: Round 7/222 - Storm Johnson, RB, 6-0, 209, Central Florida...Jaguars wanted to add depth at running back position and liked what they saw in Johnson's productive senior season. He rushed for 1,139 yards on 213 carries, scoring 14 times. He started collegiate career at University of Miami before joining CFU program. He'll be reunited with former Knights teammate and Jaguars No. 1 draft pick, Blake Bortles, in Jacksonville. - The Sports Xchange


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