Kerryon Johnson was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft earlier tonight. Detroit used the 43rd overall selection to grab the Auburn running back, who won the 2017 SEC Player of the Year award and accumulated better than 1,500 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior on the Plains.
He’s a talented runner who became a workhorse this past season for the Tigers, grabbing the tough yards and pacing the Auburn ground attack. Now, he’ll join a team that finished last in the NFL in rushing in 2017, and he’ll be paired in the backfield with a guy who loves to sling the ball around.
The Lions ran for 100 yards just twice last season, and quarterback Matt Stafford threw for over 4,400 yards and 29 touchdowns. In 2017, Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah manned the backfield for the Lions, but both caught plenty of passes. The pair combined for 78 catches on 106 targets and got plenty of attention from Stafford. Kerryon caught 55 passes in three seasons at Auburn, including 24 last year for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Long story short, Kerryon could help the struggling running game in Detroit, or he could become another cog in the humming passing game led by Matt Stafford. War Eagle!