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Jamar Johnson 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Name: Jamar Johnson
Weight: 205 lbs (pro day)
Overall Rank: No. 72 overall
Position Rank: S6
Strengths: A breakout player in 2020, Johnson was all over the field for the Hoosiers as he netted four interceptions in his first year starting. A smooth, versatile cover man with the athleticism to work both in the slot or in a high safety alignment, Johnson fits today’s game. He’s instinctive and flows well to the ball in-flight with enough speed to have NFL-level range over the top and in bracket coverage. His experience at cornerback shows up in man coverage and in how well he times and executes a hip flip. Johnson picked Ohio State’s Justin Fields twice in their matchup this year and made for a very long day for the Buckeyes’ offense. A likely nickel player early on, Johnson has the traits to be a match-up defensive back playing some slot corner and some safety.
Weaknesses: Johnson has limited starting reps and experience. He was ejected during the Michigan game for throwing a punch at an opposing player. He’s not a tackler in space and has poor wrap-up form and doesn’t bring power to the point of attack. Johnson’s long speed isn’t his strong suit.
What I Love: Johnson is smart, poised, consistent and athletic. That’s often good enough at free safety to be a very good NFL player. His coverage ability and ball skills are solid enough that he’ll be a starter very soon.
NFL Comparison: Juan Thornhill
Position Specific Traits:
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Athletic Ability: ++
Man Coverage: ++
Run Support: +
Zone Coverage: ++