Draft News: Browns Acquire a 2020 Pick for Duke Johnson, and More

Draft News

It has been entirely too long since my last update at Deep Fried Draft. I won’t bore you with the details but life happens sometimes. Enough about me, there has been enough draft news happening that we can find some things to talk about. So, let’s get into it.


The Houston Texans acquired RB Duke Johnson from the Cleveland Browns. The Browns received a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick. The pick will become a third if Johnson is active for ten games this season. Considering Johnson has never missed an NFL game in four seasons, that seems like a condition that will be met.

Johnson, at the very least, should be a boost to the Houston passing attack out of the backfield or in the slot. He may even provide an upgrade over fellow Hurricane alum, Lamar Miller.


Former Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois has found a new home. The ex-Seminole passer will now suit up for FCS Hampton. Francois had an up-and-down career in Tallahassee. He was ultimately dismissed from the program after a recording was made public of alleged domestic violence against a female acquaintance.

Francois is draft-eligible in 2020. However, Francois needs to put as much distance between his dismissal and his attempt at a pro career. He would be well advised to stay at Hampton for both seasons and attempt to rehab his image.


Former Clemson RB Tavien Feaster transferred to their rival South Carolina. Feaster is a graduate and is eligible immediately. Feaster joins a senior-laden depth in the Gamecocks backfield. Rico Dowdle, Mon Denson, and A.J. Turner have all led South Carolina in rushing at some point in their careers. The addition of Feaster should allow Turner to fully commit to the defensive side of the ball. He could be an NFL-talent as a nickel corner.

Feaster can be a home run hitter that the Gamecocks have sorely lacked the last few years. Right now, Feaster would be considered a late-round draft pick.


Alabama junior DL LaBryan Ray could miss time early in the season after having ankle surgery.

UCLA senior RB Joshua Kelley is also a question mark for Week One. Per 247 Sports, Kelley has a right knee injury.

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