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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Kevin Johnson

| | College: Wake Forest
 
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Overview

Wake Forest doesn't produce NFL prospects with the consistency of ACC peers Clemson, Miami or Florida State.

Perhaps that is the reason Johnson has largely been allowed to slip under the national radar despite his 41 career starts and four years of all-conference recognition. Johnson is hardly an unknown among scouts, however, who are excited about his combination of length, agility and ball-skills.

Johnson is a fluid athlete with the change of direction and acceleration to excel in man coverage. He possesses the awareness and closing speed to handle zone, as well, but he isn't a big hitter. Johnson's lanky frame is a bit of a concern, especially given that he's already worked hard to maximize it.

He signed with Wake Forest weighing just 154 pounds and has gained 20 pounds of muscle since. It is worth noting that Johnson has never missed a game due to injury.

Analysis

STRENGTHS: Lean, athletic build and is a legitimate NFL athlete with natural cover skills. Very light on his feet, showing great quickness and fluidity to turn and run with receivers when in man coverage, as well as excellent downhill burst back to the ball for zone.

He keeps his head on a swivel and doesn't panic when the ball is in the air, showing good timing on his leaps and the hand-eye coordination to pick off the pass. Johnson is aggressive and will bait quarterbacks, showing a terrific burst back to the ball.

He isn't an intimidating hitter but gets the job done, generally wrapping the legs of ballcarriers securely. Has played inside in nickel as well as outside.

Johnson toughness belies his light frame. He started 41 game at Wake Forest, never missing a game due to injury during his collegiate career.

Weaknesses: In coverage, Johnson does show occasional over-aggression, getting burned on double-moves by speedy receivers. Good height and competes in jump-ball situations, but he may struggle in this regard against the behemoths playing receiver in today's NFL.

Where his lack of size shows up most is in run support. Needs to show more awareness and aggression in fighting through blocks, as well as the toughness to deliver forceful hits on the ball-carrier.

COMPARES TO: Tracy Porter, Washington Redskins: Like Porter, Johnson's value lies with his coverage skills. Both are effective enough open-field tacklers to get the job done but neither will wow you with their physicality in defeating blocks or tackling ballcarriers.

--Rob Rang

2013 Season

One of the top defensive backs in the ACC … Named All-ACC honorable mention by the media … Started all 12 games at cornerback … Finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles, including 39 solo stops … had three interceptions and a team-best 12 pass breakups … Ranked second in the ACC with 1.25 passes defended per game … Forced one fumble on the year … Also served as a punt returner, finishing with four returns for 15 yards on the season … Had two pass breakups and an interception in the season opener vs. Presbyterian (Aug. 29) … Had his second interception in as many games, picking off a pass to go with three tackles at Boston College (Sept. 6) … Had two pass breakups and seven tackles at Clemson (Sept. 28) … Recorded his third interception of the season and returned it 45 yards vs. NC State (Oct. 5) … Also had seven tackles in the win over the Wolfpack … Had four tackles and a season-high three pass breakups vs. Maryland (Oct. 19) … Recorded another pass breakup to go along with three tackles at No. 7 Miami (Oct. 26) … Had four tackles and two pass breakups vs. Florida State (Nov. 9) … Forced a fumble and turned in five tackles vs. Duke (Nov. 23) … Made a season-high nine tackles with two pass breakups at Vanderbilt (Nov. 30).

2012 Season

Played in and started all 12 games on the year … Named honorable mention All-ACC by the coaches … Finished with 58 tackles, including 34 solo stops, to rank fifth on the defense … Also had 3.5 tackles for loss, a half-sack, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a QB hurry from his cornerback position … Led the team with 15 pass breakups and three interceptions … Ranked second in the ACC in passes defended with 18 … His 18 passes defended are tied for second in school history, just one behind Merrill Noel's school record set in 2011 … Tied for eighth in the league with three interceptions … Ranked fifth on the team with five special teams tackles … Member of the kickoff, punt and punt return units … Named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week on Nov. 5 following his performance in the Boston College game … Made a season-high 10 tackles and had a pass breakup in the season opener vs. Liberty (Sept. 1) … Recorded five tackles and broke up a pass vs. North Carolina (Sept. 8) … Had four tackles, three of them solo, and a QB hurry at Florida State (Sept. 15) … Had two tackles and broke up a pass vs. Duke (Sept. 29) … Recorded four tackles, made his first career interception and broke up a pass at Maryland (Oct. 6) … Finished with four tackles, including two for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception at Virginia (Oct. 20) … Had six total tackles, including an assist on a sack and four solo stops, vs. Clemson (Oct .25) … Also forced a fumble and broke up four passes against the Tigers … Made his third interception of the season to go along with seven tackles, including a season-high five solo, and two pass breakups vs. Boston College (Nov. 3) … Had a forced fumble, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup to go with eight tackles at NC State (Nov. 10) … Made four tackles and had three pass breakups at Notre Dame (Nov. 17).

2011 Season

Redshirted the season as a member of the scout team in practice … Declared academically ineligible to compete in games during the season.

2010 Season

One of three true freshmen to play for Wake Forest in 2010 … Appeared in 11 games with five starts … Tallied 31 tackles on the season, including 20 solo stops … Recorded two pass breakups … Made collegiate debut vs. Presbyterian (Sept. 2), recording four tackles … Made two solo tackles at Stanford (Sept. 18) … Tied for the team lead with nine tackles and also had two pass breakups at Virginia Tech (Oct. 16) … Made first start of collegiate career at Maryland (Oct. 30), making three tackles … Had five stops vs. Boston College (Nov. 6) … Recorded four tackles, with three solo stops, at NC State (Nov. 13) … Started and made three solo stops at Vanderbilt (Nov. 27) and recorded his first career tackle for loss.

High School

A 2010 graduate of River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md. … Teammate of Deacon flanker Michael Campanro and, in fact, succeeded Campanaro as River Hill's feature back … Rushed for 1,220 yards and 15 touchdowns on 137 carries as a senior, averaging nearly nine yards per carry … Led the county in rushing … Had 12 receptions for 251 yards and three scores … Made 25 tackles to go with three interceptions while being named to the all-county team … Named first team all-state and first team All-Met at cornerback … Named the Columbia Flier/Howard County Times Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … Two-year starter on both sides of the ball for Coach Brian Van Deusen … Helped the Hawks to 2A state championships in 2007 and 2008 … Team moved to Class 3A in 2009 and lost in the state semifinal … The loss in the state semifinals snapped a 40-game winning streak … Had three receptions for 85 yards and three touchdowns as a junior … Recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions and scored six touchdowns in 2008 … A preseason All-Met selection by the Washington Post as a kick returner … Was part of a River Hill defense that recorded 11 shutouts in 2007, five in 2008 and five more in 2009 … The 2008 River Hill team finished 23rd in the nation in the final USA Today high school poll … The Hawks were 47-3 during his four varsity seasons … Played in the Crab Bowl that pits the top high school players in an all-star game between Maryland's and Washington D.C.'s top players … Timed at 4.49 in the 40 … Also recruited by Wisconsin and West Virginia … Recruited by Brad Lambert.

Personal

Majoring in communication … Son of Kevin and Judy Johnson … Both parents graduated from Howard University … Born Aug. 5, 1992.

 
Player News
08/23/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): PR Kevin Johnson Lamar 6-0 210 Sr. Houston, Texas,...Johnson will be looking to reclaim the effort that earned CFPA National Punt Returner of Year honors a season ago. He had an impact in all three phases of the game, ending the year as one of the top overall return specialists in the game. Johnson averaged 18 yards per return on 12 punts last season, including two returns for touchdowns. His 48-yard scamper at Grambling State helped turn the moment around as the Cardinals rallied from 16 points down to defeat the Tigers on the road. Johnson also returned 42 kicks for 841 (20.0 ypr) as a junior. - Lamar football
 

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