Photo of Vernon Johnson
5.24 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 190LBS. Weight



Foot quickness is not a problem for Johnson. Can stop and start on command, and has impressive 20­-yard burst that allows him to accelerate past defenders once he finds open space. Able to hit second gear and get over on top of cornerbacks. Extremely dangerous after the catch. Usually shakes the first tackler. Slippery hips to shake off tackle attempts and competes hard when ball is in his hands. Plays with excellent balance and soft, natural hands that pluck and tuck. Dominated his competition at times.


Hasn't matched up against consistent level of competition to challenge him. Lightweight runner into solid contact and is unable to fall forward for the extra yard or two. Shows tardiness to track the ball on vertical routes where he needs to adjust underneath. Strong press can have him spinning wheels in starting gate. Needs to improve off line of scrimmage. Benefited from a ton of underneath, run­-and­-catch work. Routes need fine-­tuning and must prove he can make contested catches.

Draft Projection

Round 5 or 6

NFL Comparison

Bruce Ellington

Bottom Line

Creative, instinctive receiver who has the feet and hips to make defenders miss and the acceleration to hit the big play either after the catch or down the field. Johnson's routes need plenty of work, but his soft hands and plus athleticism give him an excellent chance of being drafted. His kick-return potential only helps his cause.
-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.