I mentioned in this morning's Random Ramsdom that the St. Louis Rams have a private workout scheduled with Boise State S Jeron Johnson. On Sunday, we passed along a report that the Rams have a visit scheduled with Temple S Jaiquawn Jarrett. The workout with Johnson is the second confirmed one-on-one time the Rams have scheduled with a safety prospect in this year's draft. Hmm, I wonder if the team is interested in a safety at all? Let's get to know Johnson a little bit more.
Johnson projects as a strong safety in the NFL, though he does have the ability to diagnose routes and break down plays in the middle of the field, according to scouting reports. That's a big need for the Rams. As much as I like what Craig Dahl has to offer as a player, the Rams weakness at OLB was further exposed by what they lacked in a safety to protect that area of the field.
Physical play characterizes Johnson's game. From his NFL Draft Scout scouting report:
When an undersized safety plays like a 250-pound linebacker and shows no regard for his body when catapulting himself at ballcarriers, injuries are to be expected. However, Johnson has remained rather healthy during his four years as a starter, missing only four games in his career due to a hamstring ailment as a redshirt freshman.
Durability...never underestimate the value of durability. Still, at the NFL level, he'll be running into much harder walls, so coaches will need to teach him a balance between making a hit and making a play.
Johnson measured 5' 10.25" and 210 lbs at the Combine, where he also knocked out 23 reps on the bench press. He also ran a 4.55 forty, not too shabby for a safety. As far as the size comparison goes, Oshiomogho Atogwe is 5'11" 205 lbs, but plays a different style of game. Craig Dahl is 6'1" 209 lbs.
Johnson is thought to be a 5th or 6th round pick according to the Draft Scout report. Jarrett is listed as a 4th or 5th round pick. Both players have plenty of upside and could benefit from being drafted by an organization and coaching staff that has a strong track record with defensive backs.