Following teammates Ereck Flowers and Phillip Dorsett being picked in the opening round of the 2015 NFL draft, and LB Denzel Perryman and TE Clive Walford earlier in the 3rd round tonight, Miami Hurricanes RB Duke Johnson began his NFL legacy on Friday night after being selected 77th overall by the Cleveland Browns.
Johnson, a shifty and talented running back who with a multifaceted game to the NFL, will can be used to run the ball, catch it out of the backfield, and even return kicks if needed.
A former HS All-American who earned All-ACC accolades in all 3 of his collegiate seasons (2nd team 2012-13, 1st team 2014), Johnson surely has the resume of a player who can make an impact on games. And, he became the University of Miami's All-Time Leading Rusher in the Regular Season finale vs Pittsburgh.
In Cleveland, Johnson will have the ability to be a change of pace back, and figures to see lots of action on 3rd downs, provided he can be decent in blitz pickups (something he struggled with at times in college). He is great in the zone run game scheme, and figures to run lots of stretch plays at the next level. And, with an unsettled RB situation, Johnson could propel himself into the starting spot in time.