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Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest



Louis Riddick's #1 CB in this draft.

"Some coaches have told me that Johnson is the cleanest defensive back in this draft. He can play inside and outside, press or off coverage. All the defensive back coaches I talk to talk about his feet ... so quick. The only concern is his frame and durability, but this is a really good football player." -- Mike Mayock
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Selected second-team All-ACC in 2014, starting all 12 games and allowing just 24 completions all season long. Finished with 44 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. In 2013, was second in the conference with 15 passes defensed and finished with three interceptions. Selected honorable mention All-ACC in 2012, finishing second in ACC with 18 passes defensed. Ruled academically ineligible in 2011 and had to redshirt. Made 5 starts as a freshman in 2010. Played running back and cornerback for River Hill High (Md.). Was a member of the 2007 and 2008 2A state title teams and was selected first-team All-State his senior season.

STRENGTHS Smooth hips with excellent balance. Very natural in man coverage. Has feet and discipline to play square and mirror against complex routes. Has low, controlled backpedal. Disruptive in press coverage -- alters routes and slows receivers. Can easily transition laterally and has quick-twitch to break on throws in front of him. Flips hips and accelerates against vertical routes. Crowds wideouts on perimeter and constricts target area for deep boundary throws. Plays stronger than his listed weight. Has athleticism and enough speed to recover when beaten. Decisive player. Fights to disengage and support against the run. Willing to drop shoulder and lay lumber as zone defender. Usually followed opponent's best receiver around the field.

WEAKNESSES Has a lanky frame with a very thin lower body. Gets fooled by head fakes downfield and turned around too often. Late to turn and find ball at times. Missed too many tackles as senior. Thin frame a concern as NFL run supporter. Will show too much respect to deep speed and allow separation by receivers who slam on brakes and catch passes in front of him. Ejected from Louisville game for targeting. Flagged nine times for 132 yards over the last two seasons.

BOTTOM LINE Johnson is a three-year starting cornerback who showed great improvement in man coverage from 2013 to 2014. While he lacks desired weight at the position, his cover skills, athleticism and competitiveness give him a shot to come in and start right away. Johnson can play gunner on special teams.
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KJ cont'd: Insane instincts!!! Does it all well. Smart in coverage, takes angles knowing WRs routes, frustrates WRs w/ football IQ.

Insane transition when pedaling & breaking. Can't shake this kid. Tech savvy. On WRs like glue. Deadly straightline attack to the ball.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

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Horrible pick
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

I'm surprised however they wasted no time picking him so must be who they wanted. I think this could be a 2nd round pick. We left some great talent on the board.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

I thought mock drafts were in another forum.
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Horrible pick
I don't know about that. But, he'll have to prove he's more than a slot CB. He could be dominated by the bigger WRs so prevalent in the league.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

I don't get the pick. I really don't. I hope I'm wrong.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

Good pick. Great coverage ability. Checks all the boxes: production, clean character, no injury history, great athleticism.

All substance with little flash. Fans will hate it but he'll be a good player for us.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

OK, LOL at Thorn. I was wondering why there were so many people here tonight. I had totally forgotten today was the draft.

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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

I hate this ****ing pick with a passion.

We have more depth at CB than you can shake a cottonwood stick at and we have to pick the skinniest cottonwood stick.

This does not smack of a win now mentality, considering who was on the board on both sides of the ball.
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So pissed, position we have the most talent at is CB, let's just draft another one instead of finally getting a SLB like Dupree.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

BAD pick for me, not because of him as a player, but because we have some really talented young CBs already on the team.

Bouye
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That one dude whos name i can't remember......

We should of taken a WR there, there was still some good talent left.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

This guy wasn't hyped up by the media but he really doesn't have any glaring weaknesses in his game. In the draft thread I said "I'm good with this pick" and I'll stand by it. I'll let the draftniks post more info on him

JJ Watt wasn't loved by the media leading up to the draft too.
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I don't know about that. But, he'll have to prove he's more than a slot CB. He could be dominated by the bigger WRs so prevalent in the league.
I'm not saying he is a horrible player, its just our linebackers are garbage, we got no receivers behind Nuk, and no starting center. We've got 2 legit starting CB's with good depth behind them. This pick makes no sense for us.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

The reason I like this pick is now it looks like our worst CB going into the season will be Hal, and I like Hal
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jj is in his last year

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This guy wasn't hyped up by the media but he really doesn't have any glaring weaknesses in his game. In the draft thread I said "I'm good with this pick" and I'll stand by it. I'll let the draftniks post more info on him

JJ Watt wasn't loved by the media leading up to the draft too.
Or the hometown fans. That pick was loudly booed at the draft party when it was announced.
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Default Re: Selection 1.16, Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest

I would have taken Parker if he slipped a bit more, but I'm actually perfectly fine with taking the arguably best or second-best CB right now. Johnson looks like he's got all the speed/quick-twitch/heady CB skills. Might need a year to bulk himself up, to press up on the WRs but looks like he's got the zone-coverage skills right now.
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