USC running back Joe McKnight has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft, sources confirmed Friday. McKnight, USC's leading rusher last season, is the second Trojan running back to announce he'd be heading to the NFL, joining Stafon Johnson.[details]
Johnson possesses a nice-sized frame and displays impressive burst and speed for a back his size. He has the ability to consistently reach the corner and demonstrates the vision and agility to hit the cutback lane along the way. He's an instinctive back who makes good decisions at the line of scrimmage when bouncing the ball outside and doesn't take many negative runs. He's sudden out of his breaks and gets up to full speed quickly. He exhibits the power to step through would-be tacklers but doesn't consistently showcase the type of aggressive running style you'd expect from a back his size. He has a tendency to dance too much and leaves some yards on the field. Johnson possesses a great combination of size, lateral agility and burst, but doesn't always run with the type of power his frame would indicate and will try to get cute by trying to make defenders miss. He is much more effective making his read, lowering his head and churning his legs. He suffered a season-ending throat injury due to a weight room accident, but if he's able to recover, he possesses the type of skill set needed to contribute as a No. 2 back for an NFL team.