The Wall Street Journal had a story about Chris Johnson, the East Carolina running back who had the fastest 40-yard dash time ever in an NFL combine. The WSJ makes a claim that Johnson was a late-round flier before his combine time, but I’d disagree with that statement. (Keep in mind that Deion Sanders 4.17 40-time was by stop watch).
Johnson led the nation in rushing with 227 yards a game. No player who leads college football in rushing is a late-round flier. Come on! In fact, I think Chris Johnson is better than Darren McFadden, at least for the Dallas Cowboys.
Johnson may be undersized, but he has an entire off season and a good rookie year in the NFL to bulk up. He was the MVP of the Hawaii Bowl. It’s time scouts stop being wary of players just because they aren’t from USC or Ohio State. This kid can flat out play.
I think he is more explosive than McFadden and he is obviously faster. He also has more patience than McFadden. But Johnson fits the Cowboys two-back scheme more because 1. he is an outside runner which the Cowboys need with the ram Marion Barber hitting the middle 2. He can catch the ball from the backfield and 3. He can return kickoffs.
All three of those attributes are exactly what the Cowboys could use, over a player like McFadden. Is this enough to say he is a better pick for the Cowboys than say, McFadden, Felix Jones or Jonathan Stewart? Yes. It is.
The Landry Hat endorses Chris Johnson as the Dallas Cowboys 28th pick in the NFL draft.