Marquis Johnson, CB, Alabama

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Marquis Johnson, CB, Alabama

Postby Pudge » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:09 am

Alabama Senior

PROS: Has good speed and shows ability to play both press and off coverage. Has nice ball skills and can break up slants and jump routes. Is an effective run stopper on the edge.
CONS: Doesn't have great hips and struggles to turn and run with receivers when he's in press coverage. Doesn't always get the jam. Needs to improve his awareness and gives up too much cushion. Might have a tendency to draw some flags. Is an undersized tackler at the point of attack.
OVERVIEW: Johnson has good size and speed, and enough tools to compete at the next level. But doesn't do anything particularly well to stand out. Served as the nickel corner behind Javier Arenas and Kareem Jackson, but worked the outside and Arenas moved to the slot. Was productive this past year with 18 pass breakups, despite only having 1 interception, probably because teams avoided Jackson quite a bit. Logged only 13 starts in his career, with 10 coming as a senior.
NFL FORECAST: At best, Johnson is going to be a backup on the next level. He seemed to play better in off coverage than in press because he doesn't have great hips. BUt with some work, he might improve there on the next level for teams that like physical corners. I think he has the tools that with a lot of development he could be a good No. 3 corner on the next level, but more than likely he'll be a fourth guy. Likely his ability to stick on the next level will depend on his ability to stick on special teams early on since he doesn't have great coverage skills or upside.
ATL FORECAST: JOhnson could push for a roster spot, but other than his size, there isn't a lot of upside that is worth developing for the Falcons. He could land the fifth spot on the depth chart if he proves himself early on special teams, and could begin to rise up the depth chart in future years. But he's not likely to rise higher than fourth after a few years. He could add depth but he doesn't seem like a threat to be a starter.
VALUE: He is a late round pick that can add depth. The sixth round is about where I'd target him, although he could sneak into the latter part of the fifth round.
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