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NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Duke Johnson, RB, University of Miami

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Duke Johnson – Miami Hurricanes RB                           
Last Name   Johnson         First Name   Duke                                                         College   Miami                  

Position RB              

Final Grade J 7.5

Height     5’9                Weight   209                                                                   40 speed                N/A              Test Score
ATHLETIC ABILITY                            SECTION GRADE:   7.5                                                                       
Q.A.B                            Quick Feet                      C.O.D.                           Flexibility                     Coordination                 Duke Johnson has very good quickness, agility, and balance. Very good speed and explosiveness.Very good cut back ability, and explosiveness through the hole. Changes direction very well, but continues to run mostly north/south. Duke Johnson is a very athletic, flexible and coordinated RB.
COMPETITIVENESS                            SECTION GRADE: 7.0
Toughness                     Clutch PlayProduction


Team Player

Pride / Quit

Duke Johnson runs hard, fights for yardage. He has led the University of Miami in rushing both his freshman and sophomore year, before suffering an injury. He is back to form now. When healthy, he is a very consistent RB, not often losing yards. His team seems to rally around his play. Johnson is a proud runner who expects good things to happen, and does not show any signs of quit.
MENTAL ALERTNESS                             SECTION GRADE: 6.5
Learn / RetainInst/ReactionConcentration Duke Johnson is a willing and able pass blocker which says to me he is able to learn/retain and execute. His concentration is good, always seems to have his head in the game.
STRENGTH / EXPLOSION                             SECTION GRADE: 6.0
Body Type Duke Johnson is a little undersized for the NFL level. He suffered a broken ankle in his SO year, but other than that has been fairly durable. Johnson has great explosion through the line. He is a strong runner.
Play Strength
GRADE        CATEGORY               COMMENTS DESCRIPTION                 GAMES VIEWED                 COMBINE NOTES
7.5 RUN INSTINCTS Very good vs VTvs Cin



20 SHUTTLE     N/A

60 SHUTTLE     N/A

3 CONE              N/A


7.5 ELUSIVENESS Very good
8.0 CUTBACK ABIL. excellent
7.5 INSIDE RUNNER Very good
8.0 HANDS RCVING Very good
8.0 ADJUST TO BALL Very good
7.5 R.A.C Very good
7.0 PASS BLOCKER Very good SIZE   5’9  209                                        ATH. ABILITY 8.0HANDS  8.0                                       


PLAY SPEED 6.5                                    BLOCKING 7.0

6.5 DURABLE / TOUGHS Decent-Good
7.0 FUMBLE / ERRORS Rarely
Duke Johnson is an explosive runner who shows good patience allowing his lineman to set up their blocks. Shows good vision, able to quickly identify the hole and the athletic ability to cut back to it. Has very good speed and acceleration. Runs through arm tackles often. A great receiving back with soft hands and able to run routes. A more than willing and able pass blocker. 


I am not sure Johnson has the frame to be able to hold up at the NFL level. At 5’9 and 209 he will take punishment from NFL linebackers. Broke his ankle in his 2nd year at Miami.
If not for his lack of size I believe Johnson would be a top prospect and productive NFL RB. He has all of the skillsets, but durability may be an issue. I believe he will be a 3rd or 4th round pick.

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