Lonnie Johnson

Kentucky
CB

Prospect Info

College
Kentucky
Hometown
Class
Gary, IN
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
213 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.82
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Houston
Texans
Round 2 ‧ Pick 22
40 Yard Dash
4.52u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
129.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.01
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.1
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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This Gary, Indiana, native excelled at football and track in high school, but took his game to the junior college level by signing with Garden City Community College. He was a second-team all-conference performer in 2015 with five interceptions but sat out the 2016 season to concentrate on academics. Johnson made enough of an impression at UK during his first year in Lexington that he took over a starting job the final five games. In 13 total games, he made 41 stops, three for loss, and five pass breakups. Johnson started all 13 games in 2018, making 23 tackles, one interception, and four pass breakups. Johnson started all 13 games in 2018, making 23 tackles, one interception, and four pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Tharold Simon
Overview
Long and tall with physical traits galore, Johnson looks the part but lacks the consistency and ball skills expected of a starting NFL cornerback. He has enough athleticism to make it as a cornerback, but he could be tied to a press-and-trail scheme where some of his coverage deficiencies can be covered up. His physical gifts could get him overdrafted, but he can become an eventual starter if he hones his ball skills and finds the right scheme fit.
Strengths
  • Exceptional size for the position
  • Long arms dangle down his side
  • Has physical traits to become much more effective from press
  • Offers up a stiff jab to stall receiver's release near goal line
  • Adequate smoothness in backpedal
  • Fluid feet in early stages of mirror-and-match from press or off-man
  • Lateral transitions are fluid
  • Adequate eye balance between high/low routes from zone
  • Effective use of length when throws are in front of him
  • Shows flashes of aggression to become better in run support
  • Dangerous off the edge as kick blocker
Weaknesses
  • Lacks consistent competitive nature
  • Motor runs hot and cold in run support
  • Content to allow catches in front of him without squeezing the route
  • Below-average ball skills and instincts lead to abysmal ball production
  • No interceptions and only eight passes defensed over two years
  • Rarely finds football once back is to the passer
  • Slow to gather feet and trigger on throws from off coverage
  • Rare to see him track ball or challenge at the high point
  • Speedsters eat his cushion and fly by him on go routes
  • Lacks top-end makeup speed to run down mistakes
  • Below-average route anticipation to stay connected

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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