East Carolina’s Johnson to meet Titans

Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 2:10am

All-purpose running back Chris Johnson is scheduled to visit with the Tennessee Titans as one of their 30 pre-draft visits with entrants into this year’s draft, according to Scout.com.

Johnson’s senior season at East Carolina and his strong work at the NFL Combine catapulted him into the spotlight as a potential first-round pick. The Titans were interested in him at the Combine in February and interviewed him there.

“They said they were looking for another back because both of their backs [LenDale White and Chris Henry] are around 230,” Johnson said of what the Titans told him at the Combine.

The former East Carolina star got the attention of plenty of teams when he ran a 4.24 time in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, the fastest time among running backs.

Johnson had already gotten on the radar because of his speed and his ability to return kickoffs. He had a 301-yard rushing game as a senior against Memphis last fall and also rushed for 223 yards against Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl last December. He finished with 1,423 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.

He also has abilities as a receiver as well, as he originally signed with East Carolina as a receiver. He had 32 receptions as a senior and caught six receiving touchdowns in his final season with the Pirates, including a 78-yarder and a 72-yarder.

Johnson is dangerous as a kickoff return man as well, as he finished his senior season with 2,552 all-purpose yards, including 856 kickoff return yards.

Other players also scheduled to meet with the Titans as they host draft prospects include Eastern Michigan defensive end Jason Jones, Purdue defensive end/linebacker Cliff Avril, Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers and Arkansas State safety Tyrell Johnson.

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