04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 3/65 - Trumaine Johnson, CB, 6-2, 204, Montana...Recorded 15 career interceptions, and is viewed as a potential starter by the Rams. Johnson has excellent size with long arms and fits coach Jeff Fisher's desire for physical players. - The Sports Xchange
After an outstanding, multi-sport high school career, Johnson was recruited to play wide receiver at Montana, but was moved to cornerback the second day of practice.
He seems smooth and instinctive on defense, especially when going for the ball. His size and overall athleticism are impressive, but scouts question whether he has the quickness to compete with NFL receivers.
And that is still a question after had unofficial 40-yard times of between 4.50 and 4.61 seconds. But he confirmed his excellent leaping ability with a 35.5-inch vertical jump. Johnson had some off field concerns, including missing games for eligibility problems and an arrest last October when police were called to a late-night party and tased Johnson before taking him into custody.
In high school, Johnson played quarterback his senior year, throwing for more than 1,800 yards, running for more than 500 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns. But Johnson was selected to the school's Hall of Fame as a defensive back. He was also the team MVP and All-Conference pick in basketball as a senior.
Man Coverage: NFL frame makes it difficult for FCS receivers to make one-on-one plays. Quarterbacks often eat the ball instead of throwing in his direction. Quicker receivers can accelerate past him when near the line, needs to maintain contact to prevent separation. Needs work on using his hands in press coverage, plays mostly off and press-bail to prevent big plays. Relatively fluid and has fair recovery speed for his size but quicker NFL receivers will cause him trouble in transition with double-moves.
Zone Coverage: When playing off, displays ability to quickly close on underneath routes to make the interception or wrap up receivers with his length. Inexperienced in zone, must prove field awareness and quickness to adjust to switch men when needed. Looks a step slow to react to late releases to his side when uncovered.
Ball Skills: Possesses strong hands of former receiver. Makes the easy interception on underthrows or when quarterbacks stare down his man, high-points passes with height and vertical. Strong runner on kick returns, has a bit of shiftiness in the open field. Had issues with dropped interceptions in the past. Does not always find the ball in the air.
Run Support: Takes outside position when uncovered, swipes or wraps ballcarriers coming into his area. Strong enough to rip off pulling lineman blocks, though inconsistent getting off the block or feeling them so he can be moved out of the way by players from the side. Flashes strength and attitude to throw smaller opponents to the ground.
Tackling: Possesses strength and length to be effective preventing yards after the catch or swallowing running backs in the flat. Good hustle across the field to get involved in the play when uncovered. Does not attack ballcarriers or seek out contact as much as scouts would like. Runs past targets in the open field too often instead of breaking down to corral them. Gives effort to knock out gunners on return team when not receiving kickoffs.
Intangibles: Played with a broken bone in his forearm during 2009 season, but missed nine games in 2008-2009 due to injuries and suspension due to alleged fight outside campus fraternity house. Chose Montana over Arizona State and California-Berkeley.