Taron Johnson

Weber St.
CB

Prospect Info

College
Weber St.
Hometown
Class
Sacramento, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
192 lbs
30 7/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.35
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Buffalo
Bills
Round 4 ‧ Pick 21
40 Yard Dash
4.5
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.03
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Taron (tear-on) Johnson was not a highly-recruited athlete by FBS schools, even as an All-Metro receiver from Sacramento. Wildcat coaches found out quickly that they had something when they moved him to cornerback for his true freshman season. He played in all 12 games that year, starting five and finishing with 31 tackles, an interception and nine pass breakups. The following year, other Big Sky coaches recognized his skills (44 stops, 11 starts, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups) with honorable mention all-conference notice. Johnson was a second-team All-Big Sky pick as a junior, starting all 12 games, posting 48 tackles, five for loss, and a conference-best 12 pass breakups. The former receiver stepped up his defensive game as a senior, earning first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Sky status by posting 49 tackles, three for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, and a team-high nine pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Bryce Callahan
Overview
Johnson's lack of size will drive him into a nickel role where he appears to have the foot quickness and cover talent to handle the job. He has to prove that he can play with confidence in his technique rather than grabbing during the route and his draft stock could be hinging on his 40-yard dash time at the Combine. He could find an early role as a CB4 before eventually filling the nickel spot.
Strengths
  • Plays with good bend in space
  • Has experience in most coverages and techniques
  • Burst to ball is quick
  • Early accelerator when transitioning in man coverage
  • Possesses natural coverage skills
  • Quality plant and drive talent from backpedal
  • Looks to lean on receivers and smother them from press
  • Crowds receiver's catch space downfield
  • Extremely aware in zone
  • Looks to squeeze windows and challenge the throw
  • Finished with 42 career passes broken up
  • Plays with good physicality and isn't afraid to tackle
Weaknesses
  • Smallish build is maxed out
  • Too small for the outside
  • Gets grabby in coverage and may take time to adjust to NFL refs
  • Needs to be careful not to lose downfield positioning and allow receiver a patch back to the ball
  • Long speed is a concern
  • Quicker than fast and may not be able to carry vertical threats
  • Late getting off perimeter blocks
  • Physical, but will miss some tackles due to his size

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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