With the 2015 NFL Draft just over a week away, the Atlanta Falcons are piling up the prospect visits. Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder and Northern Iowa running back David Johnson were among the recent visits to Flowery Branch, according to Ian Rapoport and Vaughn McClure.
Crowder is one of the smallest receivers in this year's draft class. Measuring at 5-foot-8, the ACC's all-time co-leader in receptions (283) has below average size, but he makes up for it with his quickness. His route-running and ability to change direction are the key strengths to his game.
Last year Crowder caught 85 passes for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns at Duke. He'll clearly be a slot man in the NFL, and some teams might shy away from him due to his size. But Crowder has great ball skills, and he's dangerous when he gets out in space. He will be a Day 3 pick.
Johnson wasn't a coveted player coming out of high school. A two-star recruit, he picked Northern Iowa and built himself into one of the nation's top running backs. He set a school record for all-purpose yards his senior year and earned All-MVFC honors. He's also Northern Iowa's all-time leading rusher.
At 6-foot, 224 pounds, Johnson is a strong runner. He has a great stiff-arm and he does not go down easy. He wins in the receiving game, and he projects as a third-down back in the NFL. Johnson isn't going to blow you away with his speed and he's not too elusive, but he's a hard runner who could be a weapon in the passing game for any offense.