With pick 186 in the 2019 NFL Draft, the #Lions select Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 27, 2019
Ty Johnson posted a Great #RAS with Okay size, Elite speed, Good explosiveness, at the RB position. pic.twitter.com/5fGRw9BCgK
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:
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