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2019 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions take RB Ty Johnson in the sixth round

With their second pick in the sixth round, the Lions went

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

After taking Old Dominion wide receiver Travis Fulgham just two picks earlier in the sixth round, the Detroit Lions have selected running back Ty Johnson out of Maryland with the 186th overall pick.

Speed is the name of the game for Johnson, a late-round prospect who became just the fourth Maryland Terpin of all time to surpass 4,000 all-purpose yards in four years.

Johnson actually considered entering the draft last year, but eventually had second thoughts and returned for a senior season. Though it wasn’t his most productive year, Johnson left his college career with a degree and an impressive 7.6 yards per carry in his four seasons.

As you’d expect with that speed, he was also a standout kick returner at Maryland. Michigan fans may remember this:

It’s unclear if Johnson will threaten to take up a roster spot in Detroit’s crowded backfield, but the Lions don’t have a clear kick returner on their roster right now, and that may be Johnson’s path to Detroit’s final 53-man roster come September.

Lions remaining picks

  • Round 7, Pick 10 (224 overall)
  • Round 7, Pick 15 (229 overall)

Top remaining needs for Lions:

  • Guard
  • Cornerback
  • Tight end
  • Wide receiver
  • EDGE
  • Linebacker
  • Safety
  • Backup QB

NFL Draft schedule


What: Rounds 4-7 of the NFL Draft
When: Saturday, April 27, Noon ET
Where: Nashville, TN
TV: NFL Network, ESPN, ABC
Time per pick: Rounds 4-6: 5 minutes; Round 7: 4 minutes

Estimated time of Lions picks:

  • Pick 224 overall: ~5:38 p.m. ET
  • Pick 229 overall: ~5:49 p.m. ET

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