Jaquan Johnson

Miami (Fla.)

Prospect Info

College
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown
Class
FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
191 lbs
29 5/8”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.61
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Buffalo
Bills
Round 6 ‧ Pick 8
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.69u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Playlist

Johnson stuck around Miami after graduating from Killian High School. He was a four-star recruit and a four-time All-Dade First-Team selection by The Miami Herald. He had 26 tackles in 13 games as a reserve defensive back and special teams ace in 2015, and then earned five starts in 13 games played as a sophomore (38 tackles, three for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups.) Johnson had a breakout junior season, collecting second-team All-ACC notice after leading the 'Canes with 96 tackles (three for loss) and tying for the team lead with four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. He also broke up four other passes on the year. League coaches voted Johnson second-team all-conference in 2018 after he led the Hurricanes with 92 tackles (also intercepting two passes and forcing two fumbles in 11 starts) despite missing two games with a hamstring injury.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Budda Baker
Overview
Interchangeable safety with aggressiveness and leadership qualities teams covet. Teams also covet big and fast which could push him into the third day of the draft. Teams might pick at his measurables, but he’s reliable in coverage and extremely consistent as a downhill, open-field tackler with a taste for striking. He has good short-area quickness and soft hands, but he lacks ball-hawking instincts, which limits his production. Johnson's play demeanor and urgency need equal consideration or a team could lose out on solid player.
Strengths
  • Team captain with high-end intangibles
  • Passionate halftime speech sparked team against Florida State
  • Undersized but not lacking in physicality
  • Delivers punishing blow when he gets his shots
  • Plays with urgency in his actions
  • Restricts cutback angles with consistent downhill pursuit
  • Limber, open-field tackler with good finishing rate
  • Talented in forcing fumbles
  • Rarely out of position in coverage
  • Willing to overlap from zone
  • Quick to pick up coverage duties after play-fake
  • Put two spectacular interception on his 2017 tape
  • Appetite to chase and corral on punt-cover teams
Weaknesses
  • Smallish frame that might not get much bigger
  • Quicker than fast
  • Average range speed over the top
  • Lack of size and speed showed up at Senior Bowl
  • Matchup on pro tight ends will be challenging
  • Average recognition and anticipation limit ball production
  • Responds quickly but instincts are average
  • Not enough squeeze in man coverage
  • Often a step behind in making the play
  • Could find trouble in jump-ball spots downfield
Sources Tell Us

"He's a really good college football player with great intangibles. I see him as a good backup with some nickel or dime value depending on how you play him." -- Scouting director for NFC team
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