JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ nine draft picks:
Running back Storm Johnson
Round drafted (pick): Seventh (No. 222 overall).
Height and weight: 6-foot, 216 pounds.
Stat(s) to know: In two seasons at Miami and one at Central Florida, Johnson rushed for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns. … He is the 10th player in UCF history to rush for at least 1,000 yards when he gained 1,139 yards in 2013. … He averaged 5.3 yards per carry in his career.
Where he fits: The Jaguars’ depth chart at running back is a bit jumbled. Free-agent signee Toby Gerhart is No. 1, but there’s still some uncertainty about his ability to be a feature back. The Jaguars believe he can, but he has not done it since his days at Stanford. He spent the past four seasons backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. Behind Gerhart is second-year player Jordan Todman, who backed up Maurice Jones-Drew last season and ran for 109 yards in his only start of the season. In addition, second-year player Denard Robinson is finally spending an entire offseason at one position, and Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he’s eager to see how much Robinson has improved. Johnson would be fourth on the depth chart, ahead of undrafted rookies Beau Blankenship and Terrance Cobb. Johnson will get a lot of work during the preseason and could quickly rise to No. 3 if Robinson continues to have problems with ball security.
Concern(s): He was a seventh-round pick for a reason. Just moments after drafting Johnson, Bradley told media at a news conference that Johnson’s two biggest weaknesses are pass protection and ball security. Those are the two things that will keep a running back off the field no matter how talented he is at carrying the ball.
Rookie projection: Johnson and Robinson end up fighting for the No. 3 spot all season, which means limited carries. Robinson touched the ball just 20 times in 2013 and that would be a reasonable expectation for Johnson as a rookie.