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2015 NFL DRAFT

Dennis Johnson, RB

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Texarkana, AR
Height/Weight: 5-7 / 196 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
179145-6
LATEST NEWS
04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Dennis Johnson, Arkansas, 5-7, 196, 4.49* ... I can appreciate the fact that former Arkansas running back Knile Davis is the more impressive athlete in comparison to Johnson, but anyone who watched much of the Razorbacks over their respective careers will likely recognize the value the short (not small) running back/receiver/returner extraordinaire held with the team. Johnson left the SEC having led the conference with 5,330 all-purpose yards (2,036 rushing, 510 receiving, 2,784 as a kick-returner) in 50 games. In one of the more shocking snubs in recent combine history, he wasn't invited to Indianapolis but did prove his athleticism during an impressive Pro Day workout.

Five Other Running Backs to Consider: 1. Ray Holley, Louisiana Tech, 5-8, 194, 4.57* ... 2. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers, 5-8, 203, 4.62 ... 3. Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, 5-9, 209, 4.64 ... 4. Robbie Rouse, Fresno State, 5-7, 190, 4.75 ...5. Kerywn Williams, Utah State, 5-8, 195, 4.44 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB DENNIS JOHNSON (Arkansas) -- Rushed for 88 yards on 15 carries against Mississippi State. - SEC football

11/13/2012 - Week 11 Rewind: South Carolina won this game due to their ability to slow down Wilson and the passing attack but this was all set up by forcing the Gamecocks to abandon their star all-purpose ball-carrier Dennis Johnson after he fumbled early. Johnson, who entered the game as the Southeastern Conference's reigning career all-purpose yardage leader with 5,084 yards, was limited to just 58 total yards Saturday. Johnson, who I highlighted as one of the five prospects to watch this week, had a critical fumble on the Gamecocks' five-yard line. The 5-08, 212 pound pin ball is difficult for defenders to tackle due to his excellent balance, as well as short, choppy steps that give him power and quickness. Down big throughout the second half, Johnson only had five touches over the final two quarters, robbing Arkansas of their most consistent player on offense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/10/2012 - Week 11 Prospects To Watch: Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas: While the Razorbacks' more explosive athlete, Knile Davis, boasts the higher upside to pique scouts' interest, Johnson has been the team's most consistent runner, receiver and returner throughout this season, and frankly, over their respective careers. Arkansas started off poorly this season but have won three of their past four games and senior quarterback Tyler Wilson remains the SEC's top senior quarterback, which puts him in the thick of the race to earn a first round selection. Wilson, Johnson and the rest of the Razorbacks will have a tough test Saturday morning in Columbus facing an athletic and physical South Carolina defense coming off a bye. This game begins at noon ET and will be televised by CBS. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/10/2012 - 10/10/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 3. Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas: Last year when Knile Davis went down with a season-ending injury, running back Dennis Johnson stepped up as the feature runner for the Razorbacks. But with Davis returning this season, Johnson was relegated to back-up duty and single digit carries each game. However with Davis struggling, the Arkansas' coaching staff finally made the move to give Johnson more opportunities this past weekend and it paid off in a win at Auburn. Now a senior, Johnson rushed for a season-high 76 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers and proved to be much more effective than the sputtering Davis in all facets, running, receiving and also blocking in pass protection. Johnson is thickly built throughout his frame and uses his low center of gravity and balance to rumble through contact and arm tackles, wasting little time getting north and south. He has good lateral footwork and lower body strength to grind out tough yards and avoid defenders. Johnson has soft hands out of the backfield and also shows excellent technique as a pass blocker, showing the ability to stay on the field for all three downs. He isn't overly explosive, but he has some burst and doesn't run with the indecisiveness that forced Davis to the bench. He is the best running back on the Razorbacks roster and will continue to inch up draft boards, possibly into the top four rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/06/2012 - Dennis Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and the Arkansas defense had eight sacks to help the Razorbacks snap a four-game skid with a 24-7 victory over Auburn on Saturday. Arkansas (2-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) had been blasted by a combined score of 110-10 in its first two league games. The Tigers (1-4, 0-3) were left at the bottom of the SEC West after a second-half quarterback change failed to provide much of a spark to an offense that committed five turnovers. Tyler Wilson completed 20 of 27 passes for 216 yards. The Razorbacks scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away before Auburn scored again in the final minutes Auburn coach Gene Chizik replaced struggling starter Kiehl Frazier with Clint Moseley in the second half, seeking a spark for a sputtering offense. Moseley threw a pair of interceptions in the end zone during the fourth. - AP Sports

08/15/2012 - Top-five Arkansas prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. RB Dennis Johnson...Five years ago much of the hype revolving about the Arkansas program was the talented running of McFadden and fellow speedster Felix Jones. Though he served as a backup running back, fullback, H-back and the team's primary punt returner, Peyton Hillis didn't get nearly as much attention from NFL scouts and therefore the 7th round pick's success in the NFL has been characterized by many as surprising. Johnson certainly lacks Hillis' burly frame but he's proven similarly reliable and versatile over his career. Johnson was the back who stepped up last season when Davis went down, rushing for a career high 670 yards and three touchdowns and also catching 24 passes for 255 yards and two scores. His 6.32 yard-per-carry average was the highest in the SEC among backs with at least 100 attempts and that doesn't take into account what Johnson does best -- return kickoffs. Johnson enters his senior campaign having already set the career kickoff return record (2,475) and has three touchdowns to his credit. Due in large part to his ability as a returner, Johnson is the SEC's reigning all-purpose yardage king with 4,104 yards under his belt. Like many successful kick returners, Johnson's success in this realm has more to do with his vision, lateral agility and burst than pure straight-line speed. Whether as a running back or returner, he is quick to and through the hole, has a nice stutter-step to get defenders leaning and, due to his low center of gravity, always seems to fall forward. Johnson certainly isn't going to generate the attention of his teammate Davis (nor should he) but with NFL teams increasingly on the lookout for versatile playmakers, he could earn consideration in the late rounds. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): AP Dennis Johnson (86), Arkansas, Jr.,...enters the 2012 season as the SEC's active career leader in all-purpose yards with 4,104, kickoff return yards with 2,475 and total return yards with 2,475 and is tied for fourth on the SEC's all-time career list with three kick return touchdowns. The senior from Texarkana, Ark., was named second-team All-SEC all-purpose player by the Associated Press in 2011 after he ranked in the top 10 in the conference in all-purpose yards per game, kickoff return average and rushing yards per game. His average of 126.0 all-purpose yards per game ranked second in the SEC, while his average of 25.61 yards per kickoff return, the third-highest single-season average in Arkansas history, was third in the conference and 29th in the country and his 60.1 rushing yards per game were seventh in the SEC. His average of 6.32 yards per carry was the highest in the SEC among runners with at least 100 carries and fourth overall in the conference. He was the first Razorback to be named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week three times in a career, and his five career SEC Player of the Week selections, including one Freshman of the Week and one Offensive Player of the Week, are tied with Darren McFadden for the most in school history. - Arkansas football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): AP - Dennis Johnson, Arkansas...Johnson enters the 2012 season as the SEC's active career leader in all-purpose yards with 4,104, kickoff return yards with 2,475 and total return yards with 2,475 and is tied for fourth on the SEC's all-time career list with three kick return touchdowns. The senior from Texarkana, Ark., was named second-team All-SEC all-purpose player by the Associated Press in 2011 after he ranked in the top 10 in the conference in all-purpose yards per game, kickoff return average and rushing yards per game. His average of 126.0 all-purpose yards per game ranked second in the SEC, while his average of 25.61 yards per kickoff return, the third-highest single-season average in Arkansas history, was third in the conference and 29th in the country and his 60.1 rushing yards per game were seventh in the SEC. His average of 6.32 yards per carry was the highest in the SEC among runners with at least 100 carries and fourth overall in the conference. He was the first Razorback to be named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week three times in a career, and his five career SEC Player of the Week selections, including one Freshman of the Week and one Offensive Player of the Week, are tied with Darren McFadden for the most in school history. - Arkansas football

 
LATEST NEWS
04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Dennis Johnson, Arkansas, 5-7, 196, 4.49* ... I can appreciate the fact that former Arkansas running back Knile Davis is the more impressive athlete in comparison to Johnson, but anyone who watched much of the Razorbacks over their respective careers will likely recognize the value the short (not small) running back/receiver/returner extraordinaire held with the team. Johnson left the SEC having led the conference with 5,330 all-purpose yards (2,036 rushing, 510 receiving, 2,784 as a kick-returner) in 50 games. In one of the more shocking snubs in recent combine history, he wasn't invited to Indianapolis but did prove his athleticism during an impressive Pro Day workout.

Five Other Running Backs to Consider: 1. Ray Holley, Louisiana Tech, 5-8, 194, 4.57* ... 2. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers, 5-8, 203, 4.62 ... 3. Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, 5-9, 209, 4.64 ... 4. Robbie Rouse, Fresno State, 5-7, 190, 4.75 ...5. Kerywn Williams, Utah State, 5-8, 195, 4.44 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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