April 26, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have grabbed a running back with the 24th pick in the NFL draft, taking East Carolina's Chris Johnson.
Johnson was a do-it-all player in college, lining up at tail back and wide receiver while serving as the team's top kick returner. He ran 236 times for 1,423 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2007, averaging six yards a carry. Johnson also grabbed 37 passes for 528 yards and six touchdowns last year. He led the nation in all-purpose yards, thanks in part to his 28-yard average on 36 kicks. He had two games with 408 all-purpose yards in 2007, setting an NCAA bowl record with 408 versus Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.
Johnson left the Pirates holding seven single-season and eight career records as he became the program's focal point. He has breakaway speed and uses it to his advantage on kick returns. Johnson runs hard and is a good receiver who can adjust to the ball. Durability could be an issue based on his 5-foot-11, 197-pound frame.