NFL Draft 2018: Detroit Lions trade up for RB Kerryon Johnson

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Kerryon Johnson
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Kerryon Johnson /

After addressing their offensive line in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions opted to trade up for a running back in round two.

With the first pick in he 2018 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions surprised everyone by selecting Arkansas center Frank Ragnow 20th overall. In the second round, the Lions traded their fourth round selection (117th) to the New England Patroits to move up eight spots to secure their future franchise running back …

With the 43rd overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select … 

NAME: Kerryon Johnson
POSITION: Running back
SCHOOL: Auburn
HT/WT: 5-11, 213 pounds
AGE: 20
PROS: Physically tough, terrific vision, good hands as a receiver
CONS: Runs tall, ball security, pass blocking

2017 Stats: 1,550 rushing yards, 19 tds, 14 recs, 187 yards, 1td

ANALYSIS: Drawing comparisons to DeMarco Murray in play-style, the Lions land their future workhorse who will split carries with veteran LeGarrette Blount in Year One. Johnson is a tough-nosed runner who displays a ton of patience and someone who will give his all on every single carry. Johnson will ultimately be the motor in the Motor City.

Detroit Lions’ second round selections since 2000

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2017 – Teez Tabor, CB – Florida
2016 – A’Shawn Robinson, DT – Alabama
2015 – Ameer Abdullah, RB – Nebraska
2014 – Kyle Van Noy, LB – BYU
2013 – Darius Slay, DB – Mississippi St.
2012 – Ryan Broyles, WR – Oklahoma
2011 – Titus Young, WR – Boise St.
2011 – Mikel Leshoure, RB – Illinois
2010 – No Pick
2009 – Louis Delmas, DB – West. Michigan
2008 – Jordon Dizon, LB – Colorado
2007 – Drew Stanton, QB – Michigan St.
2007 – Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE – Hawaii
2007 – Gerald Alexander, DB – Boise St.
2006 – Daniel Bullocks, DB – Nebraska
2005 – Shaun Cody, DT – USC
2004 – Teddy Lehman, LB – Oklahoma
2003 – Boss Bailey, LB – Georgia
2002 – Kalimba Edwards, DE – South Carolina
2001 – Dominic Raiola , C – Nebraska
2001 – Shaun Rogers, DT – Texas
2000 – Barrett Green, LB – West Virginia

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