"I feel like I did a lot better (than I did at the NFL Combine)," Johnson said. "I was more comfortable around all of my friends and family and I had a lot of confidence in myself. I had some old teammates there to motivate me and push me on and I feel like I succeeded." Big Ten Network analyst Tom Dienhart said Johnson's knack for making plays - he broke up 31 passes at Purdue, the fifth-most in school history - more than makes up for any questionable workout numbers. "If you turn on the film and watch Johnson play, that's all you need to know," Dienhart said. "While some of his measurables may not be top-shelf, the guy had a knack for making plays and being in the right position more often than not." - Travis Baugh, The Purdue Exponent
03/06/2013 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Johnson said he was at his peak physically after working out at the Combine just three days before the Pro Day. He also credited his improved performance to practicing starts with Akeem Shavers the day before and a shorter length of time in his stance at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. "I just wasn't confident in myself (at the Combine) as far as being in that stance for three seconds," Johnson said. "I couldn't really get my good push."
Former Purdue quarterback Robert Marve said Johnson impressed him with his performance and 5-9, 199-pound physique. "He was one of the guys who I thought came back and looked like he put on some muscle," Marve said. "You seem him running and he's flowing." Johnson, who plans to return to his home in Florida to continue working out, is projected to hear his name called in the fifth or sixth round of April's NFL Draft. "(Scouts) like my character, they like how I play, they like how physical I am and they like that I have the knack to be by the ball," Johnson said. - Travis Baugh, The Purdue Exponent
03/05/2013 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Although Johnson wasn't happy with his 40 at the Combine, he let his other drills there stand. He had 16 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds, completed the three-cone drill in 6.99 seconds and had a 35-inch vertical. But overall, he felt better about the results Friday, which also included position-specific drill work, than he did Tuesday. "I'm more comfortable around my friends and family," he said. "I had confidence in myself and some old teammates here to motivate me and push me."
The 5-foot-9, 199-pound Johnson, who will head back to Florida now to stay in shape for possible team workouts, is likely a fifth- to seventh-round projection. He says scouts have said they like his physicality and knack for making plays around the ball, but had questions about his speed. But considering he's been a three-year starter at Purdue, they've got plenty of game film to look at, as well. "The eye in the sky don't lie," he said. "They're going to read and evaluate you off of how you played, your downs and your ups and what you can improve on and if they can coach you." - Kyle Charters/Stacy Clardie, GoldandBlack.com
03/05/2013 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Purdue boasted two prospects who were invited to the combine. While defensive back Josh Johnson was able to go through drills in Indianapolis, defensive tackle Kawann Short was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Short will work out on March 25, which is a day before Notre Dame's pro day.
Johnson (5-9, 199) ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.55 seconds (Johnson had a time of 4.65 in the 40 at the combine), had a 36-inch vertical and a 9-11 broad jump. Johnson looked good in the positional workouts. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/05/2013 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Only three days after his NFL Combine was over in Indianapolis, Josh Johnson had a clear objective when he worked out in front of scouts at Purdue's Pro Day Friday. The cornerback's official 4.65 second sprint in the 40-yard dash Tuesday in Indianapolis wasn't nearly as quick that he thought it could be. So he ran it again, in much more familiar territory of Mollenkopf Athletic Facility, and was faster. "I wanted to improve my 40 and show them that I'm faster than you think I am," said Johnson, who reported his time as closer to 4.4 seconds, "and not just quick. I wanted to prove I could run. "I wasn't really confident in myself (in Indy), as far as being in that stance for three seconds and I couldn't get a good push. Here, I only had to be set a second or two and I practiced more the day before with (Akeem) Shavers. I felt more comfortable."
Johnson and Shavers were joined by about 15 other former Boilermakers, including quarterbacks Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush, receiver Antavian Edison and linebacker Robert Maci, who worked out in front of representatives from a dozen NFL teams. KK Short, who has a hamstring injury, was not in attendance, but will work out for scouts later this month. - Kyle Charters/Stacy Clardie, GoldandBlack.com
03/05/2013 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Johnson returned to West Lafayette after participating in the NFL Scouting Combine. His official 40-yard dash time in Indianapolis was 4.65, and the cornerback needed to improve that number. Although no official numbers were available, Johnson's confident he lowered his time. Leading up to Friday's event, Johnson focused on his starts. "I wanted to improve on my 40 and show them I am faster," he said. "I wasn't really confident in myself as far as being in that stance for three seconds and I couldn't get my good push. Here, I had to sit there for a second or two. "I had a lot of guys there, and I was trying to please them instead of being in my comfort zone and showing them exactly what I have." - Mike Carmin, The Muncie Star Press
03/01/2013 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: RB Shavers runs blistering 40 at Purdue workout...There was modest interest in Purdue's Pro Day with first-round prospect defensive tackle Kawann Short still sidelined by the hamstring injury that kept him out of last week's NFL Scouting Combine, but representatives from 18 NFL teams showed up to watch 15 prospects work out Friday.
Most scouts came to see cornerback Josh Johnson attempt to rebound from a poor showing at the Scouting Combine last week, but they were also treated to a sizzling display of speed by running back Akeem Shavers. Shavers ran blistering unofficial 40 times between 4.35 and 4.38 seconds. He also registered a 39 1/2-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds, 19 times, according to Scout.com's Aaron Wilson. Shavers remains a fringe NFL prospect, but certainly improved his chances at being a priority free agent.
Rated as a mid-to late-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, Johnson ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and told GoldandBlack.com that he ran closer to the 4.4-range on Friday. "I wanted to improve my 40 and show them that I'm faster than you think I am," said Johnson. "And not just quick. I wanted to prove I could run. "I wasn't really confident in myself [in Indy], as far as being in that stance for three seconds and I couldn't get a good push. Here, I only had to be set a second or two...I felt more comfortable." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
01/09/2013 - A pair of Boilermaker seniors have accepted invitations to participate in postseason showcase games. Cornerback Josh Johnson will take part in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 19, while running back Akeem Shavers will represent his native Lone Star State in the Texas vs. The Nation game in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 2.
Johnson, a three-year starter for the Boilermakers out of Dade City, Fla., recently wrapped up his collegiate career with a 2012 season that saw him finish third for Purdue with 65 total tackles, including 59 solo stops and three for losses. He added a team-high 16 passes broken up, three fumbles forced, one recovered and three interceptions, one of which he returned 74 yards for a touchdown against Marshall on Sept. 29. Appearing in 49 career games over four seasons, Johnson started 36 consecutive games over the last three years. He ended his career with 186 total tackles, seven fumbles forced, two recovered, six interceptions and 31 PBUs, which places him fifth all-time at Purdue. - Purdue football
01/01/2013 - Scouting the Purdue pass defense: If the Boilermakers have a weakness, it's defending the pass. Purdue has allowed more than 300 yards passing four times, including 348 against Indiana. However, the Boilermakers were able to collect three interceptions against the Hoosiers the team's first since Oct. 20 against Ohio State. - The Sports Xchange
01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Josh Johnson led the Boilermakers with 16 pass breakups and his talents will be tested against a high-powered Oklahoma State passing attack. Johnson has been a steady performer in his four seasons. He has three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown against Marshall in September. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DB Josh Johnson, Purdue, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Johnson, a senior from Dade City, Fla., ended the regular season third on the team with 58 tackles, including 53 solo stops, with three tackles for loss, one sack three fumbles forced and one fumble recovery. His 19 passes defended (16 PBUs and three interceptions) placed him second in the Big Ten this season. Johnson recorded his first career pix-six against Marshall, racing 74 yards for the score. - Purdue football
12/05/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Josh Johnson, Purdue, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Johnson, a senior from Dade City, Fla., ended the regular season third on the team with 58 tackles, including 53 solo stops, with three tackles for loss, one sack three fumbles forced and one fumble recovery. His 19 passes defended (16 PBUs and three interceptions) placed him second in the Big Ten this season. Johnson recorded his first career pix-six against Marshall, racing 74 yards for the score. - Purdue football
09/11/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: CB Josh Johnson -- The senior had a team-high nine tackles, four pass breakups and created a turnover to set up the game-tying touchdown. The Irish targeted Johnson all day, forcing him the guard tight ends. - The Sports Xchange
08/12/2012 - Top-five Purdue prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. CB Josh Johnson...Although overshadowed by fellow cornerback Allen on the other side, Johnson is also talented, creating one of the best cornerback tandems in the country. He led the team in pass break-ups last season (9), adding a pair of interceptions. Out of high school in the Tampa-area, Johnson flew under the recruiting radar and ended up at Purdue, spending his freshman season on special teams. He became a starter as a sophomore (10 starts) with 53 tackles, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and interception. Johnson started every game in 2011 and improved on his production as a junior, finishing with 64 tackles, 4.5 for loss and two interceptions. While not the most technically-sound player, he plays fast and aggressive with adequate size, not shying away from getting his hands dirty. Johnson has done a nice job developing his instincts and pass awareness, showing his smarts on-and-off the field (earned Big Ten All-Academic honors in the classroom the past two seasons). Allen, who offers some experience on special teams as well, is a player who could earn a draftable grade as a senior and should see a lot of action, especially with offenses leaning against throwing to Allen's side of the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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