Kerryon Johnson seemed to be adjusting to his life in the NFL last season. While not putting up incredible numbers, he posted a 5.43 rushing average while putting up 854 total yards and four touchdowns. He seemed to be decently involved in the passing game too as he brought in 32 receptions last year.
The Auburn product may be able to up his game this season as he now has 10 games of NFL experience. What many people may not know is that the Lions‘ addition of Darrell Bevell may be what helps out Johnson the most. Bevell was the offensive coordinator for the Seahawks and Vikings when Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson had some of their best seasons. Clearly Bevell has a decent idea on how to make the most of his talent at running back and I think he might just be the biggest factor in Johnson’s future.
I expect Johnson to run well behind his line even as they lost an older player in TJ Lang. The Lions don’t necessarily believe in turning around and handing the ball off to their running back 30 times a game. Only a few teams have that luxury in the backfield, but I do think that the fact that Johnson has the ability and versatility to be a three-down back makes him the type of player to continuously get more and more touches throughout the season. We all know he is a threat in the running game, but I’m most excited to see him flourish even more in the passing game.
Johnson’s current ADP is at 4.04, or the fourth pick in the fourth round. This is honestly a little low for Kerryon and his upside. I feel like taking him in the third round wouldn’t be a reach. I would take Johnson ahead of players such as Tarik Cohen, Derrius Guice, Damien Williams, and Derrick Henry. I could see Johnson having a little bit of a slow start after not having played for a long time, but by the third or fourth game of the year, I could see him being a league winner for investors. Take him in the third and fourth rounds with confidence.
2019 Stat Projection: 250/1100/12 Rushing and 50/400/3 receiving