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Name: Kevin Johnson
Weight: 188 Pounds
College: Wake Forest
Class: Redshirt Senior
2015 Stats: 44 Tackles, 3.5 Tackles for Loss, 1 Interception, 6 Pass Breakups
Pros: Johnson is a tall, lengthy corner with fluid hips and quick feet. These traits allow him to shadow a receiver up and down the field in man coverage. Johnson is very quick and fluid in his back pedal and has an explosive first step when switching from his backpedal to his sprint. He uses his hands well in press coverage which allows him to disrupt receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has good but not great speed. His decisiveness and athleticism allow him to recover when beaten. He has great awareness and recognition which allows him to thrive in zone coverage and off man coverage as well.
Cons: In terms of coverage, Johnson’s only weakness is that he at times bites at double moves. However, he has weaknesses in terms of run support in that, at times, he tends to arm tackle and his lack of lower body strength means he has a tough time tackling bigger wide receivers or running backs in one-on-one situations.
Our Take: Johnson is one of the best corners in this draft but, like Trae Waynes, he has concerns with lower body strength effecting his play at the next level. While he has all the tools to be a dominant corner in the NFL in terms of coverage, he may never be more than an Antonio Cromartie type corner. While that is not a bad thing, that means he won’t be a fit in systems that require their corners to defend the boundary in run support.
Final Grade: 92 Out of 100
Johnson’s ability in coverage makes it impossible not to give him a first round grade. He has the frame to add 10-15 pounds of muscle in his lower body and if he could do that, there is no reason why his run support wouldn’t improve. He is a natural, instinctive corner with great technique and he could come in and make an impact in that role right away.
Possible Draft Spots: I could see Johnson as a player who has his stock steadily improve over the next month or two before the draft. He is currently battling Jalen Collins and Marcus Peters to be the second corner off the board. Right now, I believe his range is anywhere between 20 and 30, with teams like the Eagles at 20, Steelers at 22, Lions at 23, Panthers at 25, Ravens at 26, Cowboys at 27, and possibly the Seahawks at 31 depending on how free agency plays out for them all considering Johnson.
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