BIO: Moved into the starting lineup as a true freshman. Posted 51 tackles and broke up four passes as a senior after 41/6/7 during his junior campaign when he was an All-Conference player. Returned kicks early in his career.
POSITIVES: Athletic corner with solid size/speed numbers. Good footwork back pedaling in reverse, quick transitioning to run with opponents and displays good ball skills. Quickly plants on the throw and possesses a burst of closing speed. Hard-hitting defender who helps out in run support. Displays a second gear and the ability to recover from mistakes.
NEGATIVES: Slow reading receivers eyes and turning his head back around to make a play on the ball. Tends to do a lot of face guarding and does not always time defenses well. Loses assignments and not the most instinctive. Has been plagued with a history of injuries.
ANALYSIS: A prospect scouts hoped would break out as a senior and continue the momentum he began to build from the prior season, Johnson was a disappointment last year. Originally considered a first-day pick, he will now fall into the later rounds and must fight for a backup position at the next level.