- AProjectionRound 2-3
- Hand8 ¾
- Arm29 ⅝
Strong Points: Miami's leading tackler in his final two seasons. Instinctive and quick reacting. Very aggressive run-support safety who consistently takes good angles to plays and is a sure tackler. When asked to play some man, he holds his own but is better as a zone defender. Good awareness in coverage. Plays the ball well and has good hands (8 career INTs). Plays bigger and stronger than his size.
Weak Points: Lacks ideal size. Gets tied up at times by blockers. Gives a bit too much cushion on occasion. Plays up close to the line of scrimmage so often that it makes evaluating his cover skills difficult.
The Way We See It: Johnson is a fourth-year senior and a two-and-a-half-year starter for the Hurricanes. He might not have ideal size, but Johnson plays big and is a very aggressive player. Often lines up close to the line of scrimmage, where he can be a force vs. the run. Aggressive, dependable tackler. When he plays back, shows good instincts, awareness and range in coverage. Consistent zone player who can line up in man coverage on slot receivers. Even though Johnson isn't the biggest guy, he will be best off as a strong safety at the next level. Should compete to start early in his career and also be a very good special-teams player.