6-1/197 Jackson State
Pros: Shows good potential as a press corner and can get physical with receivers. Has good awareness when playing centerfield and natural when working in space and zone. Has good ball skills to quickly break up pass. Has nice hips. Shows pop in run support.
Cons: Can get caught out of position at times in man and zone coverage. Gives up too much cushion at times. Inconsistent in run support, and relies on his size more than good tackling to make plays there.
Overview: Johnson plays both cornerback and free safety for Jackson State. He's more effective when he's playing safety. He's a bit of a tweener at those positions. A transfer from Missouri who had 10 picks in 2 years at Jackson State.
NFL Forecast: Johnson could fit nicely as a press corner in a Cover-2 scheme, as well as project fairly well as a free safety in most schemes. He's not a great tackler, and that could be troubling at times at safety. But if he's back playing centerfield, it will be less of a concern rather than if he's constantly in the box. Has potential at corner, but he could make an earlier impact at safety than there, since he still needs to refine his techniques and awareness. I expect him to be a backup for a few seasons before he gets the chance to emerge as a starter.
ATL Forecast: Johnson could fit in Atlanta either at corner or free safety. He would probably be able to impact earlier in Atlanta at safety by playing in dime packages there. But he could develop as a nickel corner and then in a few seasons he could challenge for a starting position.
Value: Depending on how you view him will determine where his stock is. As a cover free safety, he would be well worth a fourth round pick. As a developmental corner, you'd probably want to wait until the fifth round.
Scouting Reports of cornerbacks in the 2009 NFL draft.
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