2015 3rd round pick is David Johnson RB

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I really like this pick. Great value and fills a need. Excited to see what this kid can do behind our new improved OL.
 

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I saw this kid single-handedly destroy Iowa State in 2013. He is a winner and fits the B.A.'s offense perfectly.

He's clean on and off the field, a hard worker and a leader. Steve Keim makes up for the Ryan Williams fiasco with this selection IMO.
 

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Cards are becoming the classiest team in the NFL. Way better than the laughing stock to the NFL
 
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Cards are becoming the classiest team in the NFL. Way better than the laughing stock to the NFL
Team has really cleaned up our image the last few years. Refreshing to say the least.

Totally different outlook for entire team and FO
 

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this pick I'm a fan of.
 

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Nice pick. I had us taking him in the fourth round but still a good pick. Very good receiver out of the backfield. Good senior bowl week.
 

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Looks like a grown A$$ man to me...

reminds me of boldin - boy what I would do to watch a boldin in cards red again.
 

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He's the guy I wrote about in Harry's thread re: David Cobb.

I said he runs like a bigger, stronger AE.

Listen guys, I have watched every bit of tape there is of him available on the internet. Above all else, he is a quality human being. The kind of guy you want your daughter marrying.

Football wise: He is NOT a punishing runner, or at least never displayed that. He is fast and elusive, can break the big one and take it to the house. Obviously he catches the ball extremely well. He is not a short yardage thumper though. He goes down too easily so don't think of Murray or Lynch when you see his size. He's more like LeSean McCoy than he is Lynch.

I'm stoked. I LOVE this pick.

I do too. I totally agree.

I think, this kid is going to be a stud. He is a pro style back, he can catch. I would do any ASFN bet anyone wanted to do about this guy. I hope we will look back on this pick as one of the best in years for the Cardinals. Nothing is a sure thing, unless you buy into all the naysayers crying in super dramatic fashion that our 1st pick is the worst thing that has ever happened to the Cardinals.
 

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Here was my evaluation at the time.
“It’s hard for me not to like this pick best, since I've been posting to take this guy since I started discussing running backs. So even with acknowledging my prejudice, this is a great pick. You will grow to love this guy. I keep hearing people say he’s too much like Ellington. He’s not. They have some similarities, e.g. great receivers, but there are also significant differences. Don’t be surprised to see them on the field at the same time.

The first big difference is size. This guy has a running back’s build, can take the hits and keep going. No one is injury proof, but I like the odds of him being durable. He missed 1 game in 4 years despite nearly 900 carries, returns and receptions combined. By the way, several sites, including ESPN, have his stats wrong. His presence should mean more rest for Ellington, which would translate into more impact throughout the season as a whole. Johnson is a 224 lb back who can run a 4.5. That’s a package.

There is some criticism that he runs soft. Keep in mind that the coaching at his level of school tends to be spotty. He does not look like a runner who was coached to get the most from his talent. He is reasonably strong and keeps his legs moving displaying a great motor. He has fairly large thighs. That combination should translate into power. Part of the issue is he needs to improve his timing and hit the hole quicker and harder. He does wait for blockers, but he occasionally dances. He’ll have to halt that latter tendency. I think with proper coaching he will be a more powerful runner. He’s not beast mode, but he will do. He has some moves, but again a little more technique will make him even more effective.

On the other hand this guy is already awesome as a receiver. He’s is better than Ellington in my book and Ellington is very good. This guy looks like a receiver when that’s his job. Once he gets moving he cannot be covered by even the fastest linebackers. He’s a homerun threat if he gets such a mismatch. He has an excellent vertical leap and wins jump balls often even against corners. He knows how to use his body to shield defenders from the ball and that’s a bigger body than most receivers offer. The Cards have not gotten much productivity from their tight ends, but he can make those routes work.

It’s not like Palmer needed another weapon, but I guess you can’t have too many. This is an exciting player who will give the Cards depth they certainly need."

Sadly injury impaired his skills, so I missed on durable. It will be interesting to see how a change of scenery impacts him.
 

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Sadly injury impaired his skills. It will be interesting to see how a change of scenery impacts him.

from the recent thread on his physical, it said that his wrist's range of motion is impaired

he ran like he didn't want to take a hit, and I am curious if protecting the wrist got into his head
 

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CBS guy just gave that guy an A

Here is NFL http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/david-johnson?id=2552377

STRENGTHS Looks good on the hoof. Possesses a big body and falls forward for additional yards. Smooth pass-catcher out of the backfield and is a mismatch for linebackers. Has been a consistent weapon out of the backfield while in college. Uses an effective jump cut on inside runs to change direction and can string a couple of them together on the same run. Has good long speed when he gets into space. Has enough pop behind his pads to become a better finisher.

WEAKNESSES Long-strider. Doesn't always look like he has the foot quickness to burst through the hole consistently. Allows defenders to get a hand on him through the replace and isn't a classic finisher. Tends to hit the brakes too hard in order to make his cuts. Questionable vision. Looks to make cuts instead of keeping the run play-side. Scouts want to see more fire in his play demeanor. Play strength and blocking are problems. Goes down too easily.

DRAFT PROJECTION Round 2 or 3

BOTTOM LINE Johnson lacks the short-area quickness to be a consistently effective every-down running back, but he has good size, speed and hands, so he will be a factor. Johnson has been impressive this offseason, and if a team is looking for a rhythm runner with a good pace and hands to threaten out of the backfield, then he is the guy.

I miss those jump cuts. What has it been? 2 years since the last one?

I wish him well and glad that salary is off of our books.
 

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I miss those jump cuts. What has it been? 2 years since the last one?

I wish him well and glad that salary is off of our books.
Weirdest part of the entire scenario. While the Cards did alter their blocking scheme I’m not aware of any lower body injury that impacted his style of running. I been watching football since Jim Brown was carrying and I’ve never seen a runner so dramatically alter his style. It will be interesting to see how he runs in Texas.
 

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Hey Johnson landed us hopkins amazing pick on johnson

Lol no i will miss him he made some nice runs and was fun to watch in his prime

But gl on Texans Johnson!
 

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Weirdest part of the entire scenario. While the Cards did alter their blocking scheme I’m not aware of any lower body injury that impacted his style of running. I been watching football since Jim Brown was carrying and I’ve never seen a runner so dramatically alter his style. It will be interesting to see how he runs in Texas.

He had a back injury, too...and some thought he may have tried to play through some pain and stiffness...that would surely limit his cutting ability, I would think.
 
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