2015 NFL DRAFT

Duke Johnson, RB

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
5642

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.542.641.60- 33 1/210'1"--
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.512.571.5818 --4.166.88

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Impressive acceleration. Alternately displays burst, agility and light feet to high-step through tackles and an effective stiff-arm. Patient runner willing to stretch plays and then hit the hole hard. Shows the "greasy knees" to cut and accelerate in one fluid motion, eluding would-be tacklers. Despite small stature, fights hard for every yard and shows a highly competitive nature.

Good hands out of the backfield, with the ability to get downfield on wheel routes or split out wide in some formations.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size for a three-down back in the NFL and likely will need to be part of a two-back system. May struggle to produce as an inside runner in the NFL. Size also comes into play in pass protection, where technique can be spotty. Suffered a broken ankle in 2013. Returned to full strength in 2014, but was banged up or failed to finish multiple games and will require thorough medical checks.

COMPARES TO: LeSean McCoy, Eagles -- Yes, it's a lofty comparison that Johnson has much to do to earn, but he does display the jump-cuts and easy acceleration that are McCoy trademarks.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

A five-star running back recruit out of high school, Randy "Duke" Johnson committed to the Hurricanes prior to his junior year and stuck to his pledge.

With Lamar Miller off to the NFL, he started five games in 2012 and set a Miami freshman rushing record with 947 yards and 10 touchdowns, adding a single-season school-record 892 kick return yards and two touchdowns. Johnson's sophomore season was cut short by a broken ankle, but he led the team in rushing with 920 yards and six scores over seven starts.

He returned healthy in 2013 as a junior and started all 13 games, finishing second in the ACC with 1,652 rushing yards and 10 scores, adding 38 catches and 421 receiving yards, earning Second Team All-ACC honors. Johnson decided to skip his senior season and add his name to the 2015 NFL Draft class.

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks: Round 3/77 - Duke Johnson, RB, 5-9, 207, Miami...Johnson is the Hurricanes' all-time rushing leader with 3,519 yards on 526 carries. The Browns look at him as a change-of-pace back for third down and want to get him the ball in space. He gives the Browns solid depth behind second-year backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. - The Sports Xchange
 

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