- 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Former Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson entered Purdue's pro day Friday with a chip on his shoulder. His 40 time of 4.65 at the NFL Combine last Tuesday was the slowest among all 33 cornerbacks and the eighth worst among 53 defensive backs. "I wanted to improve on my 40 and show them that I am faster than you think I am," Johnson said. "I'm not just quick, I can run." The Dade County, Fla. native bounced back with a strong showing at the pro day, running closer to the 4.4-range. He opted to not partake in the bench press shuttle drills after putting up above-average numbers in the events at the NFL Combine, but he did participate in the vertical and broad jumps.
"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
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