After allowing longtime RB Maurice Jones-Drew to walk via free agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars underwent a bit of a youth movement at the running back position by signing RB Toby Gerhart and continuing to develop RB Jordan Todman. But the team also decided to spend a seventh-round draft pick on a young runner with great upside and potential in RB Storm Johnson.
Johnson, a 6-foot, 209-pound runner, has great size for the position and the complete back trait that every team really values when scouting running backs either via the draft or free agency. His ability is truly through the roof, and he could end up being this season’s Alfred Morris for the Jaguars.
Johnson has the size, the strength, the agility, and the athletic ability to be a true No. 1 back at the next level. He is battle-tested and has great vision as a runner. He also uses his blockers to help set up running lanes to break into the second level and pick up an extra yard or two.
Johnson does need to work on his ball security skills, however, after fumbling the ball eight times over just 366 total carries. He will also have to work on his pass protection skills, as he is not refined in that area and really lacks the strength to stand a defender up.
Pass protection should not be a worry for the young Jaguars as Gerhart is one of the league’s better pass protection backs, and will likely serve as the team’s short-yardage back. That being said, I actually think that Johnson will beat Gerhart and Todman outright for the opportunity to be the Jaguars’ No. 1 running back this season.
His ability to be a true No. 1 back there, and I doubt that Gus Bradley and co. will want to miss out on giving Johnson time to develop. They will give him in-game situations to learn and grow as a player both physically and mentally.