Several NFL scouts were in Tucson on Saturday, testing some Wildcats who are vying to get drafted next month. Not only were there players on Arizona's 2006 roster that went through drills, but some ex-Wildcats were in attendance as well.[details]
The good: He is a big athlete with a strong frame and long arms plus good speed and coverage skills. That will allow him to play either safety spot. He has the frame to carry additional weight, resulting in his projection as a strong safety. He has the fine range needed to cover the field and shows nice agility. Johnson displays good awareness, especially in zone coverage. He has good instincts and breaks nicely on the ball with the leaping ability and the reach to make plays in the deep game.
The bad: He made nice strides but still needs some development to compete for extensive playing time. He lacks the suddenness in his explosion and fills the hole like a linebacker - he needs weight training to get up to NFL standards. He can cover ground and outrun some mistakes but does not match up well with fast receivers. Johnson has questionable recovery speed for the next level and needs the zone scheme to utilize his fine athleticism. He is not ready to be a tough, in-the-box safety as he lacks strong hitting skills, good hand technique and has suspect tackling skills.
Outlook: Top-100 prospect with nice upside. He has the size/speed ratio to be an ideal specimen for either pro safety spot. Johnson is a good athlete who will continue to improve. Fine special teams skills will help him win a starting gunner spot. Johnson is a probable NFL starter in time. Nice late first-day pick, but must make improvements if he expects to earn a starting spot.
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