Looks comfortable in coverage, showcases good instincts reading his pass keys, is clean when asked to change directions and looks comfortable keeping his pad level down and transitioning out of his breaks. Has the ability to cleanly turn and run with defenders down the field. Is physical through contact, maintains balance and does a nice job turning to get his head around and find the play. Doesn't waste much motion out of his breaks trying to redirect in space, but lacks great speed. Looks more like a 4.6 guy and doesn't have the type of closing speed to consistently make up for a false step. Will get himself into some trouble when asked to play in man coverage down the field. Can be a bit slow to get himself back up to speed and will give up some separation down the field.
Impression: Possesses good size, instincts and overall body control in the pass game, but lacks ideal speed when asked to quickly range from one point to another, but plays faster than he will time."
Positive: Underrated safety prospect with a solid overall game. Quick up the field, plays with aggressiveness, and voluntarily defends the run and screen passes. Keeps the action in front of him, displays a nice burst out of his plant, and quickly closes on the action. Takes good angles to the play, shows an aggressive attitude, and plays with physicality. Wraps up tackling. Adequate speed out to the sidelines.
Negative: Does not show decisive moves to the pass. Possesses marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Johnson is a well-rounded defensive back but has limited upside because of his lack of athleticism. He has enough skill to get consideration as reserve used in dime packages."
Weaknesses: Good but not great athlete. Tight in his hips as he will struggle to transition when flipping his hips. Needs to wrap up as a tackler more often, as he misses tackles from time-to-time.
Projection: Third rounder who could rise up the draft boards if he tests well. At worst, he'll be a very good backup, but he should become a good starter at the next level."
During his sophomore season Johnson tallied 47 tackles and a team high ten pass breakups. Johnson took the next step in 2009 when he totaled 59 tackles, including an impressive 14 stops against BYU, and three interceptions. For his efforts Johnson was named to the All-Mountain West Conference Second-Team. Johnson continued to play very well during his senior season and had a career high 66 tackles. Johnson also picked off three passes and forced three fumbles.
Johnson is not your typical safety. He is certainly a big hitter, but he did not rack up tackles like many safeties do in college. Part of that is because Johnson is a great coverage safety and part of it is because the TCU defense is too good to allow the opposition to get into the secondary before they get tackled. Johnson is a superb leader on the field and has great instincts, but he will need to have some good pre-draft workouts to move out of the sixth to seventh round range."
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