2015 – 3rd round, pick 86
Could it have been anyone else?
Since entering the league in 2015, David Johnson has been a headache for opposing defensive coordinators. He’s the rare blend of a workhorse running back and efficient receiver out of the backfield. Simply put, Steve Keim got a steal when he used a third round selection to get their running back of the future.
Although Johnson’s last two seasons have been disappointing due to a season-ending wrist injury in 2017 and improper use by the coaching staff, he projects to be a pivotal part to the Arizona Cardinals present and future.
In four seasons in the desert, Johnson has received both an All-Pro nod and a Pro-Bowl nod. He’s rushed for 2,783 yards, piled up 1,849 receiving yards, and has scored 42 scrimmage touchdowns. While those numbers are impressive, they become even more outstanding once you factor in the fact that he’s played just 49 regular season games and has started only 38.
Johnson signed a three-year, $39 million contract before the 2018 season, so he’s likely around for the long-haul. With the hiring of offensive-minded head coach Kliff Kingsbury, the Northern Iowa product projects to return to his dominant form next season.