2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Detroit Lions Running Back Prospects

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2. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson will be a great running back at the professional level and he was a great running back at the U.

On his first play as a true freshman, Johnson broke loose on a 50-yard touchdown run, giving fans a preview of the future. Since then, he has went on to demolish the schools record for all-purpose yards as well as becoming the schools all-time leading rusher.

At 5-9 and 207 pounds, Johnson is small in stature but exudes a fearless running style. He was an excellent schematic fit for Miami’s outside zone run game, where he could run laterally towards the edge before finding a seam and using his elite burst and electrifying agility to slash up field. Johnson also offers valuable versatility with his receiving abilities and as a dangerous kick returner.

It appears at this point in time, that Johnson will likely be off the board when the Detroit Lions go on the clock in the second round of the NFL Draft with pick No. 54, so chances of him ending up in the Motor City are slim. If he were to drop however, he would make an excellent compliment to Joique Bell and Theo Riddick.

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