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Drafted By: Texans
  • Round 1
  • Pick 16
  • Overall 16

Combine Results

6.05 ?
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 41.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 130.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.79 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 3.89 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.19 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Some coaches have told me that Johnson is the cleanest defensive back in this draft. He can play inside and outside, press or off coverage. All the defensive back coaches I talk to talk about his feet ... so quick. The only concern is his frame and durability, but this is a really good football player." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 188LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/8" Hands


Selected second-team All-ACC in 2014, starting all 12 games and allowing just 24 completions all season long. Finished with 44 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. In 2013, was second in the conference with 15 passes defensed and finished with three interceptions. Selected honorable mention All-ACC in 2012, finishing second in ACC with 18 passes defensed. Ruled academically ineligible in 2011 and had to redshirt. Made 5 starts as a freshman in 2010. Played running back and cornerback for River Hill High (Md.). Was a member of the 2007 and 2008 2A state title teams and was selected first-team All-State his senior season.



Smooth hips with excellent balance. Very natural in man coverage. Has feet and discipline to play square and mirror against complex routes. Has low, controlled backpedal. Disruptive in press coverage -- alters routes and slows receivers. Can easily transition laterally and has quick-twitch to break on throws in front of him. Flips hips and accelerates against vertical routes. Crowds wideouts on perimeter and constricts target area for deep boundary throws. Plays stronger than his listed weight. Has athleticism and enough speed to recover when beaten. Decisive player. Fights to disengage and support against the run. Willing to drop shoulder and lay lumber as zone defender. Usually followed opponent's best receiver around the field.


Has a lanky frame with a very thin lower body. Gets fooled by head fakes downfield and turned around too often. Late to turn and find ball at times. Missed too many tackles as senior. Thin frame a concern as NFL run supporter. Will show too much respect to deep speed and allow separation by receivers who slam on brakes and catch passes in front of him. Ejected from Louisville game for targeting. Flagged nine times for 132 yards over the last two seasons.

Draft Projection

Round 1 or 2

NFL Comparison

Sam Shields

Bottom Line

Johnson is a three-year starting cornerback who showed great improvement in man coverage from 2013 to 2014. While he lacks desired weight at the position, his cover skills, athleticism and competitiveness give him a shot to come in and start right away. Johnson can play gunner on special teams.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.