NFL Draft News: Roschon Johnson suffers broken hand at Senior Bowl

Roschon Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)
Roschon Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Senior Bowl is this week in Mobile, AL as players begin the journey of hopefully hearing their name called during the 2023 NFL Draft. One of those players was running back Roschon Johnson out of Texas but unfortunately, he likely won’t be able to participate in any more practices or the game later this week.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Johnson suffered a broken hand during the first practice of the week. He was able to play through it and finish practice but is unlikely to do anything else for the remainder of the Senior Bowl.

Roschon Johnson was the backup to Bijan Robinson, who is the top running back in this class, at Texas. However, he was making a good impression on Tuesday as Ryan Fowler tweeted this video of him doing a pass protection drill.

Roschon Johnson could be a steal in the 2023 NFL Draft

By playing behind Bijan Robinson, the opportunities weren’t always there for Roschon Johnson but when he did get a chance he made the most of them. In four seasons with the Longhorns, he had only 392 rushing attempts but averaged 5.6 yards per rushing attempt while also scoring 23 rushing touchdowns.

However, there is a lot to like about Roschon Johnson as a running back and he certainly looks like a player that can be a primary running back for an offense in the NFL. He has good size at 6’2″ and 223 pounds that can pick up those tough yards in the middle of the field.

The Senior Bowl was going to be a chance for Johnson to really show what he is capable of and this injury comes at an awful time for Johnson. He may slip slightly in the NFL Draft because of it but whichever team does draft him will be getting a good running back that can contribute right away.