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2016 NFL DRAFT

Leonard Johnson, CB

School: Iowa State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 196 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Leonard Johnson, Iowa State, 5-10, 196...After being ejected from a game for a late hit as a freshman, Johnson quickly matured into vocal and by-example team leader. He finished that season well enough to earn Freshman All-American honors as a kick returner (26.4-yard average) and has been a starting cornerback ever since. Johnson is a quick-twitch athlete with great speed the right attitude to play corner. His most dramatic performance was a key to Iowa State's upset victory over then No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State. His job was to cover two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon, rated as the best receiver in this draft. Blackmon had one of his least productive games as Johnson held him to 99 yards receiving and snagged a big interception in the third quarter. At the combine, medics reportedly said there were no long-term effects of neck injury last October, but his unofficial 40 time of 4.71 seconds didn't do him any favors. Johnson's career numbers include 39 starts in 50 games, 247 tackles (eight for a loss) and six interceptions. He can help anybody immediately as a kickoff returner. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/21/2012 - Iowa State Pro Day: Iowa State's Leonard Johnson had been one of the more highly regarded cornerbacks in the country entering the 2012 Scouting Combine. A slow time in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, however, put his stock in flux. While Johnson posted solid numbers in virtually every other drill at the Combine, he was officially credited with having run the 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds. Scouts who liked Johnson argued that his "speed in shorts" didn't matter as Johnson performed well in highly anticipated one on one matchups with Marvin McNutt, Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright and Mohamed Sanu during the season and several noteworthy receivers at the Senior Bowl. Several receivers at the Combine touted Johnson as the toughest opponent they faced this year. That said, the slow time had even Johnson's staunchest supporters concerned. Frankly, it doesn't matter how good one's game tape is, 4.71 seconds is an alarmingly slow time for a cornerback. Which is why it was critical for Johnson to prove faster Tuesday in front of scouts... and he did. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/21/2012 - Iowa State Pro Day: Johnson was timed at 4.56 and 4.52 according to one scout on hand for the workout. Those two precious tenths of a second difference could result in Johnson boosting himself right back into Top 100 consideration, as Johnson looked "pretty damn smooth" during positional drills, demonstrating the loose hips to change directions, a quick burst out of his cuts and excellent ball skills. Scouts, of course, will have to decide for themselves which 40-yard dash time is more in tune with Johnson's playing speed. I watched Johnson play too much quality football to believe his field speed is anything worse than the 4.55 time he'll generally get credited with by scouts following Tuesday's workout. Because of this reason, I stand behind NFLDraftScout.com's current 2nd-3rd round grade for the ISU cornerback. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 50. Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State, 5-10, 1998, 2...After being ejected from a game for a late hit as a freshman, Johnson quickly matured into vocal and by-example team leader. He finished that season well enough to earn Freshman All-American honors as a kick returner (26.4-yard average) and has been a starting cornerback ever since. Johnson is a quick-twitch athlete with great speed the right attitude to play corner. His most dramatic performance was a key to Iowa State's upset victory over then No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State. His job was to cover two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon, rated as the best receiver in this draft. Blackmon had one of his least productive games as Johnson held him to 99 yards receiving and snagged a big interception in the third quarter. Johnson's career numbers include 39 starts in 50 games, 247 tackles (eight for a loss) and six interceptions. He can help anybody immediately as a kickoff returner. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

12/30/2011 - Scouting the Iowa State pass defense: With an experienced secondary, ISU made it tough on Big 12 passing attacks all season long, allowing 247.4 yards, third best in a pass happy league. Pass defense is a big strength. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Leonard Johnson is the team's shutdown corner. Coaches say he plays better against elite competition. Johnson did hold Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon to under 100 yards receiving. In the Pinstripe Bowl he'll go against another top receiver in Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu and if he can limit Sanu's impact on the game it could go a long way to ISU winning the contest. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Leonard Johnson, Iowa State, Sr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. Johnson, a senior cornerback from Clearwater, Fla., notched 68 tackles, seven pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and had a key interception in the Cyclones' upset of No. 2 Oklahoma State. - Iowa State football

12/09/2011 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL INVITE: Iowa State all-Big 12 offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and all-conference cornerback Leonard Johnson have been selected to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by the NFL Network. Kickoff is 3 p.m. (CST). Leonard Johnson made the All-Big 12 second team of the conference's coaches and writers. Johnson has 243 career tackles in 49 Iowa State career games. He owns six career interceptions, has forced six fumbles and recovered eight. Johnson is a senior from Clearwater, Fla. Quarterback Seneca Wallace (2003), defensive tackle Jordan Carstens (2004) and nose guard Athyba Rubin (2008), who all made NFL rosters, were the last three Iowa Staters to play in the Senior Bowl. - Iowa State football

10/02/2011 - Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson was hospitalized Saturday night after helmet-to-helmet collisions with a pair of teammates. Johnson collided with linebacker Jake Knott and defensive lineman Stephen Ruempolhamer while finishing off a tackle in the fourth quarter and Iowa State down 34-7 to No. 17 Texas. Johnson landed face down on the turf. He was flipped over, placed on a backboard and taken away by medical personnel. He waved to the crowd as he left, drawing cheers. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says Johnson had movement in his extremities but no further information on Johnson's conditions. Johnson, a senior from Clearwater, Fla., was a second-team All-Big 12 pick in 2010. The Cyclones fell to the Longhorns 37-14 for their first loss of the season. - AP Sports

09/07/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Iowa runs the same offense year in and year out. The Hawkeyes will look to establish the run and control the tempo. They will also take a few shots down the field on play-action to their deep threats at receiver. This year, that receiving threat is Marcus McNutt. The Cyclones know stopping the run is priority number one, but making McNutt a non-factor should be a close second, especially since Iowa is breaking in a new quarterback this season, James Vandenberg. PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Leonard Johnson - It will likely be up to Johnson to blanket Iowa wide out Marvin McNutt for most of the game. The Hawkeyes look to their big play receiver to change momentum. The Cyclones look to their corner to shutdown players like McNutt. Whoever wins this battle could go a long way in deciding who wins this game. - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: CB Leonard Johnson - Most talk about ISU's defense centers on LBs Jake Knott and A.J. Klein. But Johnson quietly put together a dominating second half of last season. He finished the year with 64 tackles, eight pass deflections, seven pass breakups and one interception while earning All-Conference honors. Look for him to build on that this fall and become the shutdown corner ISU has lacked in recent seasons. - The Sports Xchange

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Leonard Johnson, Iowa State, CB, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. One of the best cover corners in Cyclone history, Johnson has accrued 175 career tackles with five interceptions while breaking up 18 passes. Johnson, a native of Clearwater, Fla., made 64 tackles last season, breaking up a team-high seven passes. - Iowa State football

 
Latest News
03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Leonard Johnson, Iowa State, 5-10, 196...After being ejected from a game for a late hit as a freshman, Johnson quickly matured into vocal and by-example team leader. He finished that season well enough to earn Freshman All-American honors as a kick returner (26.4-yard average) and has been a starting cornerback ever since. Johnson is a quick-twitch athlete with great speed the right attitude to play corner. His most dramatic performance was a key to Iowa State's upset victory over then No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State. His job was to cover two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon, rated as the best receiver in this draft. Blackmon had one of his least productive games as Johnson held him to 99 yards receiving and snagged a big interception in the third quarter. At the combine, medics reportedly said there were no long-term effects of neck injury last October, but his unofficial 40 time of 4.71 seconds didn't do him any favors. Johnson's career numbers include 39 starts in 50 games, 247 tackles (eight for a loss) and six interceptions. He can help anybody immediately as a kickoff returner. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

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