Posted: 6:00 am Sunday, April 27th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Central Florida running back Storm Johnson, of Loganville, who recently meet with the Falcons..
Player: Storm Johnson
Position: Running back
School: Central Florida
Height and weight: 6-0, 209 pounds
Combine & Pro Day Numbers: 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash (4.54 on Pro Day); 16 reps on the 225-pound bench press (19 at Pro Day); 35.5-inch vertical jump and 9-10 broad jump (10-1 on Pro Day).
Projected Round: He’s the 13th rated running back in the draft and is projected to be selected in the fifth by NFLDraftScout.com.
Career Highlights: Last season he played in 13 games, rushed for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns on 213 carries. He had 30 catches for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson helped led Central Florida to a 52-42 victory over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. He rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the biggest win school history. He started his career at Miami after originally committing to LSU. He was an All-State selection after rushing for more than 1,900 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2009.
Quotes: ”This was a tough journey for me, and I’m just super proud to have the support of coach (George) O’Leary and the coaching staff. It was a hard decision, but I had to make the best decision for me.”
Falcons level on interest: Moderate. Steven Jackson is slated to be the primary ball carrier next season, but could pass the torch to Johnson after a season. Johnson runs well between the tackles and can catch the ball out of the backfield. The Falcons are thin at running back after the retirement of Jason Snelling and the release of fullback Bradie Ewing
Here are the Falcons draft picks:
- Round 1 — No. 6 overall
- Round 2 – No. 37 overall
- Round 3 – No. 68 overall
- Round 4 – No. 103 overall
- Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
- Round 5 – No. 147 overall
- Round 6 – No. 182 overall
- Round 7 – No. 220 overall
- Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
- Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)
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