Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights running back Storm Johnson (8) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Is Storm Johnson a Lock to Make the Roster?


In some recent posts, we’ve discussed the possibilities of certain players who were drafted by general manager David Caldwell getting released. While we’ve mostly focused on players from the 2013 NFL Draft (Josh Evans and Ace Sanders specifically), we should also take a look at some of the players drafted in the later rounds in 2014.

Several people thought Caldwell and the Jacksonville Jaguars got a steal when they selected Blake Bortles’ college teammate Storm Johnson in the 7th round. Considered by some analysts to be worthy of a 3rd or 4th round pick, Johnson dropped to the 7th round for a multitude of reasons, most notably his issues with ball security.

While some people are starting to talk about how Johnson could play a big role in 2014, the reality is Johnson needs to play really well to earn any carries this season. Head coach Gus Bradley has already come out and expressed the expectation for Toby Gerhart to become the team’s primary running back, and the team clearly has higher hopes for Denard Robinson in his second season.

In addition to the talent ahead of him on the depth chart, Johnson has a host of issues he needs to work on before he can be counted on as a 3-down back. Johnson has serious and borderline crippling issues with ball security and he has a long way to go in pass protection. He doesn’t have nearly the athleticism or breakaway playmaking ability of someone like Denard Robinson. There’s a reason he dropped to the 7th round.

Having said all that, I still believe Johnson is in a good spot to make the final roster. Unless Johnson has a meltdown in the preseason and fumbles the ball multiple times, he should be the 3rd or 4th option behind Gerhart,

 

- Daniel Lago

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars Storm Johnson Toby Gerhart

  • Matthew

    “Unless Johnson has a meltdown in the preseason and fumbles the ball
    multiple times, he should be the 3rd or 4th option behind Gerhart.”

    You hit the nail on the head Dan. He has some decent upside. Think it was a great pick for the 7th round.

    • Daniel Lago

      Yeah 7th round picks are usually a crapshoot, might as well take a high upside guy who could potentially develop into a big contributor. If he doesn’t work out, no harm done really.

      • Matthew

        i can’t remember if it was one of your articles or someone else’s that went over the eventuality of caldwell cutting guys he drafted. it *could* happen this year, but will almost have to happen next year unless some of the guys he drafted in 2013 make huge strides from year 1 to year 2. it was a good read. while some gms are better than others, there are probably more misses than hits in any given draft, especially after the first round.

        • Daniel Lago

          Yeah at some point you have to replace people if they don’t make an impact. Caldwell drafted 2 CBs in the 7th round in 2013 after signing 2 in free agency, and now he drafted another one in 2014 who will probably sit most of the year. You just can’t keep everyone, and those 6th and 7th round guys are usually the first to go.