After a trade up with the New England Patriots, the Detroit Lions select Auburn running back, Kerryon Johnson, with the 43rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. GM Bob Quinn had to give up their fourth-round pick (117th overall) this year along with the 51st pick.
The 6-foot, 213-pound junior accumulated 2,494 rushing yards, 32 touchdowns with a 4.8 yard per carry average in his three-year college career.
Johnson, 21, is a patient runner with a unique style. He is a willing pass blocker and had no drops last season with 24-catches. Despite the Lions already having a couple third-down backs, Johnson can also do it all.
“Has unusual build for the position with a linear frame and thin hips. Johnson proved that he was more than tough enough to carry a heavy workload to help Auburn impose their will on the ground. Johnson runs with good burst and is adept as both an inside and outside runner, but is more likely to become a grinder than a slasher on the next level. Johnson offers three-down value and could become an early starter, but his frame may not be able to hold up over the long haul if he’s forced into high carry totals.”