Kerryon Johnson think he will return to Auburn and not enter 2018 NFL Draft

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Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson (21) Auburn football presser on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Kerryon Johnson believes he will be back at Auburn and will not enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Johnson was shut down in Auburn’s appearance in the SEC Championship game against Georgia.

He was asked if he would return to Auburn next year. He said “I think so. I think so.”

Take note that there is still plenty of time for Johnson to change his mind this offseason but for what we can take away, for now, the upperclassman believes he will be with the Tigers next season.

He suffered a shoulder injury in Auburn’s regular season finale against Alabama in the Iron Bowl and was questionable going into the SEC Championship game.

He was held to just 44 yards on 13 carries. He also caught two passes for just a yard.

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Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com was on the Auburn SEC Country podcast last week and believed he was the third best running back in the 2018 NFL Draft behind only Penn State Saquan Barkley and Georgia’s Nick Chubb.

Johnson’s versatility is what makes him so valuable and why NFL teams will be willing to use an early pick on him whenever he chooses to go to the NFL Draft.

Here’s some different looks at Johnson’s ability to gain yards:

This skillset is obviously not going to help his draft stock but it is still fun to look at Johnson’s ability to force the defense to be ready for anything.

Here Johnson finds the edge in the receiving game as a back out of the backfield. In today’s NFL, this is what scouts want to see when finding their next three-down back.

Lastly, a run out of a wildcat formation. Johnson attacks the edge but takes his time to the outside by jabbing and being patient to lure defenders inside. His patience is remarkable and a very exceptional part of his game.

 




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