Skip to main content

News | Minnesota Vikings –

Prospect Profile: Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson

Kerryon Johnson

Running back | Auburn | Junior

Height: 5-foot-11 | Weight: 213 pounds

College Stats

2017: 285 rushes for 1,391 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns (ninth in FBS) with a long of 60 yards; 24 receptions for 194 yards (8.1 yards per reception) with two touchdowns and a long of 55; SEC Offensive Player of the Year; All-SEC First Team; led SEC in rushing (115.9 yards per game), scoring (10 points per game) and all-purpose yards (132.1 yards per game)

Career: 519 rushes for 2,494 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 32 touchdowns with a long of 60; 37 receptions for 478 yards (8.7 yards per reception) with two touchdowns and a long of 55; 26 kickoff returns for 653 yards (25.1 yards per return, which is seventh in school history) with a long of 45; 3,625 all-purpose yards; 11 games with 100 or more rushing yards

Combine Results

40-yard dash: did not participate
Bench press: 11 reps of 225 pounds
Broad jump: 10 feet, 6 inches
Vertical jump: 40 inches
3-cone drill: 7.07 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.29 seconds

View images of Auburn running rack Kerryon Johnson.


Summary: After being named Alabama Mr. Football and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year on the heels of a 1,659-yard, 25-touchdown season, including a state-record six scores in the championship game, Johnson selected Auburn over Alabama. Johnson did a little bit of a lot as a true freshman reserve. He rushed 52 times for 208 yards, caught 14 passes for 159 yards and returned 14 kickoffs a total of 386 yards. Johnson's role on offense increased in each of his three seasons, and he totaled 2,494 career rushing yards (11th in school history) in just two seasons as the Tigers starter.

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah initially ranked Johnson as his **No. 50 overall prospect** but nudged him out of the list after the combine. Jeremiah wrote that he liked Johnson's production and grit to fight through injury and added, "He has outstanding patience, vision and stop/start quickness." Johnson was not listed among the top five running backs by Mike Mayock or Bucky Brooks.

Patience is a virtue:Johnson's patient running style that sets up blocks prompted a comparison to Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell by Jeremiah and in Johnson's **combine bio**.

Johnson spoke during the combine of another type of patience that helped him transition from high school to college.

"I really had to wait for it, I really had to earn it, I really had to go out there and work for it," Johnson said. "But it humbles you when you have to do something like that, you come in Mr. Football and you don't get a lot of playing time your freshman and sophomore year, another guy is doing well. It really kind of humbles you. It showed me some things about myself I had to fix; it showed me some things I already knew I had to reinforce. I'm thankful for those times. It helped me this year, it helped me this past offseason and it's definitely going to help me in the future."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.