The Utah Utes have built one of the PAC-12’s most consistent defenses the past three years and this year was no exception. Cornerback Jaylon Johnson made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. Johnson enters the NFL draft season having a very high ceiling and all he needs to do is perform well on the pro day and the NFL combine and he should be close to achieving his potential.
Johnson has excellent size at 6’1” 190 lbs and impressive speed, which makes him an intriguing prospect for NFL scouts. What will stick out for observers is just how aggressive in pass coverage Johnson is. Johnson will not allow the receiver to make an easy reception. Johnson has the speed to cover both the outside wide receivers as well as move inside and cover the slot receivers. Johnson is a talented cover corner that will jump out to scouts on film and in person.
Johnson must improve in the use of his hands in coverage. Johnson has the tendency to grab the wide receiver and that will draw pass interference penalties quickly in the NFL. One area that I would like to see him improve upon is his tackling both in the run and that pass game.
Throughout his college career, Johnson has been a very consistent player and that will serve him well as the NFL draft looms. The draft projection for Johnson is a late first-round to early second-round pick. I do not see him being on the draft board too long. Too many teams are needing corners and Johnson is a good one to pick up.