With former Los Angeles Rams S T.J. McDonald departing in free agency, the Rams knew there was a hole to be filled on the back-end. So with the 91st-overall pick in the Draft, the Rams selected Boston College safety John Johnson.
Johnson had a pretty good day at the combine, and was a top performer in three separate categories for the DB group. His test scores specifically show strong explosion in his lower half.
NFL.com has his listed strength’s as:
Has starting experience as cornerback and safety. Can play high safety or cover the slot. Plays with smooth hips and above average mirror and match footwork for the safety spot. At ease with directional changes in space. Adequate instincts in coverage. Will shade his coverage from high safety based on play development and quarterback's glances. Winning ball skills with very good ball tracking and soft hands. Interceptions don't just come his way, he goes and gets them. Has agility to take zig-zag downhill track to running backs. Bounces into run fits with lively feet and a tackle-ready base. Special teams monster with 30 tackles over the last three seasons on cover teams.
The third round seemed a little high for Johnson who would likely have been waiting around in round 4 for the Rams, but they noticed a hole in their roster and filled it with a player who they think is quality.
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