2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Jeron Johnson
Johnson graduated from Dominguez High School. He was never a big time prospect, being a two star recruit out of high school. But he quickly began making a name for himself with his big hits and smart play in the defensive secondary.
Player Name: Jeron Johnson
School: Boise State
Johnson is excellent when making plays while the ball is in the air. He has excellent instincts and good read and reaction ability. He can hit you and jar the ball loose on every hit, and he plays much bigger than what his frame suggests. He is solid in zone coverage, and has a good break for the football. Johnson has fantastic awareness and is generally a very good tackler, often breaking down and making a play in the open field. He is versatile and has the skill-set to play corner, and both safety positions at the next level.
Johnson doesn’t play much in man coverage situations, so he will need to grasp that concept more at the next level, especially if he wants to play corner, which is possible. His speed is above average at best. For a player his size, you would think that he’d be much faster and athletic than he is. He isn’t very technically sound. He needs work in changing direction, and getting a great back pedal.
Johnson is a very talented player, and there’s no doubt that he’s second round talent. His versatility will be coveted by many teams, and there’s a good chance that he goes around the 55-70 range. Oakland, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis look like the best options for him to be selected in that range, with Pittsburgh at pick 64 looking like a fantastic fit.
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