2019 Raiders Draft Prospect
Name: Ty Johnson
Position: Running Back
School: The University of Maryland
Weight: 212 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
In reviewing Johnson, notice his frame and way of carrying the ball. Although he is 5’10”, he plays with a much larger presence. Despite the height, the 212 pounds makes him a load to tackle once he gets downhill. More importantly, the legs drive, churning through contact will afford him extra yardage. As a result, defenders will need to efficiently wrap and drive, instead of lazily throwing an arm out. In addition, when contacted, he will use his own arm to discard tacklers at his waist or reaching back. On top of that, he finishes the run with leverage and pop behind his pads.
With Johnson, his quickness centers on his decision-making. When he makes the one cut, look for him downfield. There is little to not dancing or excessive stringing together of moves. While you will see a quick jab step in the open field, Johnson focuses more on the target.
To the surprise of many, Johnson possesses a second gear to weave through traffic and leave defenders behind. For example, Johnson’s two kickoff return touchdowns and 12.9 average on punts signify burst. When he gains the corner, Johnson can explode through the second level, carrying this into long speed.
Despite 29 receptions, Johnson can excel at the next level in the passing game. Averaging 11 yards per catch means, he stretches the defense on swing and flat passes. When making the grab, Johnson transitions smoothly into being a ballcarrier.
When Jon Gruden took the reins a year ago, he set on a complete demolishing and rebuilding of the entire organization. First, with attention to the running game, the Raiders need better athletes in the backfield. Johnson figures into the Oakland plans on third downs and in the return game. With burst, power and a knack for the big play, Johnson increases his chances to make a roster. If you look at what Jon Gruden wants to do, Johnson fits that need. In the passing game, he will take a dump pass and carve out sizable gains. Meanwhile, when asked to tote the ball, his style will make him a favorite. The Raiders must capitalize on one of these ten draft picks to refurbish the broken running game.