Round 2: RB Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions
We have two of the next four selections before we’re forced to wait for another 20 picks, so we need to take a moment to assess the next four options on the board, as well as the caliber of players likely to fall to us at the 4-5 turn. If we’re confident with the talent level at the end of the fourth round, it will give us the option of selecting a riskier player in one of our next two picks.
Looking ahead, the future options at wide receiver are much stronger than running backs the likes of the New England Patriots’ Sony Michel and the San Francisco 49ers’ Tevin Coleman, so our preference is to address the running back position at the 2-3 turn.
With two picks between selection 2.11 and 3.02 and three decent wide receivers available, we draft the top RB on our board, Kerryon Johnson of the Detroit Lions:
Johnson enters his sophomore season as the lead runner in a backfield that no longer contains Theo Riddick. Offensive coordinator Derrell Bevell, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, aims to bring a run-heavy scheme to Detroit, and Johnson looks to be the beneficiary after averaging 5.4 yards-per-carry in 2018.
Johnson was a top-5 NFL running back on the ground last season, according to Football Outsider’s DVOA metric, which measures a player’s defense-adjusted value compared to an average player at the same position. Johnson also was Pro Football Focus’ ninth-ranked receiving back after logging 32 receptions during his rookie season, which adds some much-needed pass-catching value in our Half-PPR fantasy football league.