Johnson led the Pack with three interceptions this past season, and was second on the team with a career-best 82 tackles. He started the first five games at cornerback, but due to Pack injuries, he started the last seven games at safety. Over his last two seasons, Johnson started all 25 games in the Pack's secondary.
Moved to cornerback in the preseason after playing safety last year, he moved to the slot when the Pack brought in its nickel package ... Matched up against the ACC's leading receiver, Mike Campanero, in the win over Wake Forest, he held him to five catches for 14 yards ... Named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for that performance ... Teamed with David Amerson to make up the tallest pair of starting CBs in the country ... Had a huge game in the win over No. 3 Florida State, with six tackles and a 15-yard sack.
The Pack's nickel back, he started two games at linebacker when the Pack was in a 4-2-5 lineup ... Earned the starting nod in the wins over No. 7 Clemson and the regular season finale versus Maryland ... Saw action in every game of the season, playing a season-high 58 stops in the Clemson victory ... Tallied three sacks for the season, all came in the last four games ... A member of the university's Pack's Pact Program, which encourages campus leadership and networking.
Backup at the field safety spot, he saw action in every game but the Florida State contest ... In for a season-high 62 snaps at East Carolina, his eight tackles in that contest were also his best ... Started the win over Boston College, he was one of just five true freshmen to get the starting nod in 2010.
Played safety for coach Jerry Eure at Pennington Prep ... Considered the sixth-best prospect in the state ... A first-team New Jersey all-prep performer ... Recorded 108 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles during his senior campaign ... Pulled down 50 passes for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns as a receiver ... Had 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown ... Also played AAU basketball for Team NJABC ... A sport management major.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 4/129 -- Dontae Johnson, CB, 6-2, 200, North Carolina State...Johnson is a project that lacks fundamentals but has great athletic upside. His size and speed combination (he ran a 4.45 in the 40) is one you find in earlier rounds, but he jumped between corner and safety without fully mastering one position. The 49ers and their coaching staff will have to coach him up, but he could be a starter down the road if he realizes his potential allowed by his physical gifts. - The Sports Xchange