Isaiah Johnson

Houston
CB

Prospect Info

College
Houston
Hometown
Class
Bryan, TX
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
208 lbs
33”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.59
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Oakland
Raiders
Round 4 ‧ Pick 27
40 Yard Dash
4.4u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
133.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.81
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.06
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Johnson was a three-star receiver recruit when he enrolled at UH, coming off a successful high school football and track career. He spent his redshirt season and two more years at receiver (6-43-7.2 in 11 games in 2015; 15-165-11.0, one start in 11 games in 2016) before making the switch to cornerback. Johnson started 5 of 12 games there in 2017, intercepting two passes and breaking up seven others. He had an impact outside again as a senior, starting 10 of 11 games played, compiling 66, two for loss, intercepting two passes, and leading the Cougars with seven pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Press cornerback with imposing combination of size, length and speed, but in need of more work before he is game-ready. Johnson spent his first two seasons at receiver before transitioning over to the defensive side of the ball so there is still room for improvement, but also room for moldable growth. He has Day 1 traits, Day 2 talent and the consistency of a Day 3 corner, but patience and coaching could turn him into a disruptive press corner with starting potential by his second or third season.
Strengths
  • Carries imposing height, length and long speed
  • Accurate punch from press to hinder the release
  • Quick-twitch to match route breaks in his transitions
  • Speed to stay hip-to-hip with receivers
  • Excellent recovery speed to close out loose targets
  • Former wideout with above average ball skills
  • Long arms are challenging to throw over from trail coverage
  • Natural in recognition of route combos, ball tracking and high-pointing the ball
  • Adequate play strength to push past receivers in run support
  • Punt gunner with ability to run away from jammers
Weaknesses
  • Technique and instincts are still a work in progress
  • Tendency to open hips before he needs to
  • Hasn't learned to match speed changes in the route
  • Needs to play with better balance from off coverage
  • Rides high on the route rather than squeezing earlier
  • Handsy and grabby rather than trusting feet and length in coverage
  • Inconsistent technique as wrap-up tackler

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GRADE
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