Ty Johnson: Fantasy Scouting Report
As we start to get closer to the 2019 NFL Draft it is important for us to start doing as much research into this class as we can, watch the tape, gather metrics from the combine and pro-days, and start to make a strategy for our rookie drafts. At FFStatistics.com we are diving into those early numbers and tape to give you a good outlook on this year’s rookie class. Here are my notes on Maryland running back Ty Johnson.
Draft Prospect: Ty Johnson
Date of Birth: N/A
Weight: 213 lbs (BMI: 30.56)
Data courtesy CFB at Sports-Reference.com.
This may be my most questioned area of Johnson’s overall game. In limited opportunities, you see a lot of creativity and the ability to be either efficient or explosive in his touches. What you don’t see is a player who can live within the structure of the offense. Also, Johnson isn’t overly used within the offense and it is hard to get a firm field of his game. You cannot live off of highlight plays in the NFL.
Overall, the movement ability is very smooth with Johnson. He has plenty of fluidity in his hips and can change direction quickly. He changes direction very quickly and has an elite burst to allow him to get through small windows quickly.
— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) January 19, 2019
Johnson does not engage contact well. He often takes on the whole defender instead of splitting them in half and only taking on half the tackler. Also, Johnson can run upright at times and will expose himself to bigger hits. When Johnson does make his way up to full speed he does run through contact better. Finally, Johnson does use his stiff arm well on would be tacklers.
Johnson has only 348 total college carries on his resume through four years of playing time. What is every more curious, Johnson’s playing time decreased significantly after an amazing 2017 campaign. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an underlying injury causing the three-headed running back rotation at Maryland.
Another question mark in an already odd profile. Overall, the Maryland system is likely more to blame than the player. No running back on the 2018 Maryland offense had more than seven receptions (Johnson had six). When Johnson does have the opportunity, he does show natural hands and the ability to win in the receiving game. Johnson could use a lot of work in his pass protection. The effort is there, but he does not anchor or read oncoming blitzes well.
— Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) January 15, 2019
The lower leg drive is there for Johnson to win collisions. Even more impressive, his combination of elusiveness, acceleration, and lower body strength could make him one of the better short-yardage runners in the league.
Way Too Early Player Comps
Lamar Miller (2012 Round 4)
Tashard Choice (2008 Round 4)
Michael Ford (2013 UDFA)
**These comps are very loose considering how poor of a producer Ty Johnson was in the receiving game in college**
The profile for Ty Johnson has been hard to put together. He weighed in well at the Shrine Game and showed off a compact frame. The film shows he is an incredible athlete and his raw counting stats shed light on how efficient he was on his touches even though he was rarely used. Also, an offense which didn’t capitalize on his ability to make plays in the open field EXCEPT for on kickoffs. Johnson’s versatility to play special teams will get him on an active roster quickly. An NFL team will likely look for ways to optimize Johnson’s versatility.
Currently, Ty Johnson is being talked about as a late day three draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. I don’t think this will hold in #DraftTwitter much longer. I expect Johnson to showcase his athleticism at the NFL Combine and evaluators will be talking about him early on day three.
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