Jaylon Johnson 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Pros, Cons, and Projected Teams

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Jaylon Johnson 2020 NFL Draft Profile

2020 NFL Draft

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Cornerback Jaylon Johnson is projected to be selected in the first couple rounds of the NFL draft.Coming out of high school Johnson was a four star recruit in the class of 2017. Johnson was the ninth-ranked cornerback and 10th ranked player in the state of California. 

College Career: Coming out of high school Johnson was a highly rated recruit and he continued his strong play with the Utah Utes. As a freshman, Johnson only made two starts, but he still made the most out of it tying for the team lead in pass breakups. In 2018 he was named to the Pac 12’s first team all-conference. In 2019, he had 11 pass breakups and two interceptions which was good enough for second-team All-American. He has been dealing with a torn labrum and had surgery after the NFL combine to deal with that.

Pros: His long arms and his strong build is going to be a big bonus in the NFL when he matches up with taller wide receivers at the next level. He does a good job of jamming wide receivers at the line of scrimmage and slowing down their release off the line. Johnson also has really good ball skills, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him near the top of interception lists in the NFL. Johnson is good at pushing wide receivers to the sideline, which makes it harder for them to catch the ball. 

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Cons: Pass interferences could be a big problem at the next level. The longer a route is the more grabby he gets and in the NFL he is going to get called for that. If he isn’t up in press coverage, he usually is too far away from him, and give up easy catches.

Projected Teams: The Minnesota Vikings need secondary help bad and they have two first-round draft picks. Depending on how the board falls, they would be a great option for Johnson with one of those two picks. 

The Denver Broncos also have some big holes in the secondary that need to be filled long term.

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