Roschon Johnson Rookie Profile King Fantasy Sports

Roschon Johnson - RB - Texas

Welcome to the rookie profile for Roschon Johnson. Roschon Johnson is a versatile running back prospect with a diverse skill set. He possesses quickness and vision, natural power to shed tacklers, and good forward lean. Johnson’s willingness to chip block or pick up blitzes adds to his value and his flaws seem fixable, making him an intriguing prospect for teams looking for a reliable and productive running back.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 0″

Weight: 219 lbs

Age: 22

40-yard dash: 4.58s 

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 31.5″

Broad Jump: 10-2

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Rushing & Receiving Table
RushingReceivingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGAttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2019TexasBig 12FRQB131236495.37231586.911468075.58
*2020TexasBig 12SORB10804185.268516.41884695.37
2021TexasBig 12JRRB12965695.9511837.501076526.15
*2022TexasBig 12SRRB12935546.05141289.111076826.46
CareerTexas39221905.623564207.5344826105.826
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/27/2023.

Notable Headlines

Roschon Johnson is a versatile and dependable quarterback turned running back who played his college ball at the University of Texas. Despite being behind star running back Bijan Robinson on the depth chart, Johnson still managed to make an impact on the field. He was known for his speed and his stop-start ability, which allowed him to make big plays. Additionally, he demonstrated a strong ability to protect the ball, fumbling only once during his entire college career. These traits make him an intriguing prospect for NFL teams looking for a reliable and dynamic running back option.

Scouting Report

Positives

Roschon Johnson is an explosive and decisive runner who shows excellent vision and patience. His stop-start ability allows him to create initial separation, and his straight-line speed enables him to turn in big plays. Johnson consistently falls forward and has the natural power to shed tacklers, while also possessing enough wiggle to elude defenders. He’s a big back with quick feet, and his decisiveness through a hole once he has found it is noteworthy. Johnson also shows good aggression and willingness as a blocker, making him a valuable asset in pass protection.

Negatives

Roschon Johnson has good top-end speed but lacks elite initial explosiveness to blow by those second-level defenders. In some spots, his instincts are not always elite and can create delays behind the offensive line if he makes the wrong choice. His hip stiffness leads to struggles and he wastes time by changing his positioning before making cuts in space. This in turn delays movement upfield. He has a limited amount of lateral agility. Furthermore, he can have trouble quickly escaping early contact and his initial footwork could be tighter at times. As a receiving threat, his catching mechanics need work. He often uses body catches, which can lead to drops.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 3/4

Landing Spots

Johnson has a versatile skillset that makes him a valuable prospect in the upcoming draft, with the potential to be a surprise pick in the early rounds or a steal in the later rounds. Despite never being a full-time starter, his well-built frame and athleticism allow him to take on a larger workload if needed. While Johnson is a potential top-10 positional prospect in his class, it’s unlikely that he’ll be selected as a primary back for a team. Instead, his value lies in being a strong secondary option. He possesses strong vision, contact balance, and tenacity as a runner, and is a reliable receiver who can run routes and create after the catch. Additionally, Johnson’s willingness to block both in pass protection and as a lead blocker make him a valuable asset to any team. I could see the Lions going after him if they decide to part ways with Swift.

Post Draft Analysis

Chicago Bears - Round 4, Pick 13

Landing Spot

Roschon Johnson’s addition to the Chicago Bears roster offers them a versatile weapon to diversify their offensive scheme. The Bears have displayed a clear intention to shift away from a single workhorse back, with Johnson’s all-round abilities making him an appealing option. Johnson’s background as a high school quarterback, combined with his proven pass-catching and rushing skills from his tenure at Texas, makes him a multifaceted threat in the Bears’ backfield. His commendable pass-blocking ability also draws attention, a facet that has been acknowledged by Bears’ general manager, Ryan Poles. Johnson’s unique skill set, coupled with the Bears’ preference for a timeshare backfield, could see him sharing carries with Khalil Herbert, adding a fresh dynamic to the Bears’ offensive game plan.

Fantasy Impact

In the realm of fantasy football, Johnson’s role within the Bears’ offense could add an elements of unpredictability that might frustrate fantasy managers. Given the proposed timeshare backfield and the notable rushing ability of quarterback Justin Fields, the distribution of carries is likely to be inconsistent, potentially impacting Johnson’s fantasy points on a week-to-week basis. However, his potential to assume a third-down role, given his competence in pass protection and previous experience as a pass-catcher, could provide a niche that neither D’Onta Foreman nor Khalil Herbert have extensively filled. Consequently, Johnson might hold some appeal as a sleeper pick in fantasy drafts, particularly in PPR leagues, where his potential as a pass-catcher could come into play. However, managers should monitor training camp and preseason developments closely before deciding on Johnson’s place in their fantasy roster. He should still be worth a second or third round pick in your rookie drafts.

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