I’ve travelled the universe and been to many of the largest galaxies known to aliens. Giant galaxies with huge planets which pull hundreds of moons around themselves. Eye opening to say the least. To be honest though, some of the greatest treasures in the Universe can be found on the smallest parcel of land on the smallest star in the smallest galaxy. Football isn’t much different. Every once in a while a small school prospect stands out. In this case, David Johnson of Northern Iowa.
What’s the first thing Earthlings say when they look at a small school prospect? Can he compete at the next level? The disparity between his puny conference and the NFL is too great a leap. Can he take the physicality of the NFL? Well in Johnson’s case one of his best performances was against a big school in a big time conference. Against Iowa, David Johnson had one of his best performances compiling over 230 total yards – most of them receiving yards when his team was trailing.
If that stat isn’t a dead give away to this running back’s talents, let me make it clear to you. He is an excellent receiving threat out of the backfield. Most Dolfans can remember watching Tony Nathan or Terry Kirby. Well, maybe David Johnson is the next great receiving running back for the Dolphins!
What is unique about Johnson is that not only is he a great receiving back, he is a big back. The 6’3 225 lbs back had 17 TDs on the ground in 2014 for Northern Iowa. That might be the perfect compliment to Lamar Miller. A big back who can be an asset in the passing game and in the red zone.
He was extremely productive in his four years at Northern Iowa. Johnson was the second leading receiver on the team and had over 500 yards receiving in 2014. He carried the ball 866 and rushed for almost 4900 yards in his college career. I guess the coaches there knew what they had and used him a lot.
Johnson had a pretty good combine, so people are really starting to notice him. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.50 and posted a vertical jump over 41 inches! And I’m sure I don‘t have to say it, but he caught the ball well in the catching drills as well. It’s not a surprise that some experts are comparing Johnson to last year’s premier receiving back in the draft, Charles Sims. If I was going to compare Johnson to an Alien Weapon of Destruction, I would compare Johnson to the Puutonian Tractor Beam. It catches everything!
Watch him in a action in this clip Earthlings!