Fans have been calling for a wide receiver, but the Browns decided to go with running back in what might be viewed as a puzzling move. Forget about Johnson's productivity for a second -- Cleveland seemed to be committed to running backs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell last year. Now, where do they fit in compared to Johnson? If I had to guess, West could be the guy in trouble because of the maturity issues he had last year. A lot of media members seem to love the pick:
The #Browns took Duke Johnson, working him out during the process. They begged the visit stay secret. It did.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2015
— TWEST (@Terrancewest_28) May 2, 2015
He was on our draft tracker heading into the draft. Here is what CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar said about Johnson:
Miami (Fla.) has an extensive history of feeding running backs to the next level, but none enter the NFL with more collegiate production than Johnson, who sits at No. 1 on the school’s all-time rushing list after only 526 carries – only running back in program history to eclipse 900 yards in three straight seasons. He bursts out of a cannon with instant acceleration and elite balance, but doesn’t have the body type to take a consistent beating, which leads to durability concerns. Although he’s not the type of runner who will pick up consistent yardage after initial contact, Johnson has the fluid change of direction and explosive cuts to make defenders miss in space and contribute as a return man and receiver. Although they have different styles, Johnson has some similarities to LeSean McCoy due to the size and durability concerns at the position, but both have special athleticism to be effective NFL runners – borderline top-60 prospect.
What do you think, Browns fans?