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Mock Draftable chart: http://mockdraftable.com/player/4976/

 

Games watched: vs FSU, vs Clemson, vs Syracuse

 

The Good:

 

Unlike Peters he actually backpedals (and does it extremely well).  

 

No wasted steps in his motion. 

 

Very smart player. Great play-recognition.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=255748&gif=DefenselessDearestIndiancow [sniffsout a screen and makes the TFL]

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253984&gif=ImportantSpeedyCaracal[same play different game]

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=257138&gif=MarvelousFatalGrison[sameplay different game (badly formatted gif)]

 

Doesn't get lazy in his zones (looking at you Peters). 

 

Mirroring skills are incredible. He is a technician. Footwork is sensational. 

 

Hips are extremely fluid. Good turn and run ability. 

 

Does a fantastic job of tracking and locating the ball in the air. 

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=255748&gif=FlippantAdeptBorderterrier

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253984&gif=CautiousDamagedEuropeanpolecat

 

Subtle pushes and physicality down the field. Does a good job of pushing the WR to the boundary. 

 

Not afraid to get physical and lay a big hit.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=255748&gif=ScalyPitifulGazelle

 

Great lateral agility and closing burst. 

 

Excellent ball-skills. Soft hands to make the pick.

 

Reads the QBs eyes and breaks on the ball.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253984&gif=NeatThriftyHairstreak

 

 

The Bad: 

 

Slender frame, small hands, small arms. Probably not going to be shedding many blockers at the next level.

 

Average long-speed and acceleration. 

 

Grabby downfield.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=255748&gif=SkeletalAdoredAfricancivet

 

Doesn't press at the line. Played a strictly off-man scheme at Wake Forest. 

 

Conclusion:

 

Johnson is, in my opinion, clearly the best cover-corner in this draft class. He doesn't have the upside of a player like Darby, or the natural ability of Peters, but he's a technician who can be a very high-quality player in the league. I really like as a player, but I doubt Grigson and Pagano would use a high draft pick on a player who doesn't fit their idea of what the ideal corner is in their defense (big, physical press-corners) even though I think he's fit just fine. 

 

Projected Round: 1st

NFL Comparison: Sam Shields

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