Running back Ty Johnson has run his way into the NFL Draft.
The quick Maryland back was taken early in the sixth round on Saturday evening, taken by the Detroit Lions with the 186th pick. He was the third Terrapin taken in the draft, joining Darnell Savage (No. 21) and Byron Cowart (No. 159).
Johnson earned a reputation as one of the fastest and most explosive players in college football throughout his career in College Park. Though he only eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark once in his four seasons, Johnson had 11 100-yard games as a Terrapin and was a home run threat every time he touched the football.
In four years with the Terps, Johnson rushed for 2,635 yards and 14 touchdowns. Last year, he totaled 506 yards and three touchdowns on 66 carries, but missed three games late in the season.
Speed and elusiveness are the things scouts love about Johnson’s game, as well as his ability to find the gaps in the defense. There are some question marks about his power and ability to shed tacklers as an up-the-middle runner. He could find another spot outside of running back with the Lions, perhaps at receiver or on special teams to best utilize his skills.
Johnson was the first offensive player from Maryland selected in the draft.