With the second of two selections in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions elected to draft Maryland running back Ty Johnson.
The Detroit Lions possessed two selections in both the sixth and seventh rounds coming into the 2019 NFL Draft. Although it’s rare to find impactful plays that late in the draft, Detroit will have more chances than most to find a hidden gem.
With the Lions’ draft shaping up to be a heavy defensive draft class, Detroit chose to address their running back position with pick No. 186.
With the 186th overall selection in sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select …
NAME: Ty Johnson
POSITION: Running Back
HT/WT: 5-10, 208
2018 STATS: 506 yards, 7.7 ypc, 3 tds
PROS: Vision, natural running-style, has good cutback ability, burst
CONS: Lacks physicality, receiving, pass blocking
QUICK ANALYSIS: The selection of Ty Johnson in the sixth round is interesting. Johnson lacks the physicality, blocking ability and receiver skills to be a third-down back. This is more of a boom-or-bust runner who could struggle to find a place on a depth chart that already possesses Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson, Zach Zenner and Theo Riddick. Therefore, Ty Johnson could make his bones as a rookie on special teams as a returner.
Detroit Lions’ sixth round selections since 2000
2000 – Quinton Reese, DE – Auburn
2001 – Jason Glenn, LB – Texas A&M
2002 – Chris Cash, DB – USC
2003 – David Kircus, WR – Grand Valley St.
2004 – Kelly Butler, T – Purdue
2005 – Bill Swancutt, DE – Oregon St.
2005 – Jonathan Goddard, DE – Marshall
2006 – Dee McCann, DB – West Virginia
2009 – Aaron Brown, RB – TCU
2012 – Jonte Green, DB – New Mexico St.
2013 – Theo Riddick, RB – Notre Dame
2013 – Corey Fuller, WR – Virginia Tech
2014 – T.J. Jones, WR – Notre Dame
2015 – Quandre Diggs, CB – Texas
2016 – Anthony Zettel, DT – Penn St.
2016 – Jake Rudock, QB – Michigan
2016 – Jimmy Landes, LS – Baylor
2017 – Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE – Arkansas
2017 – Brad Kaaya, QB – Miami (FL)
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