2017 NFL Draft

Cam Johnson, DE

School: Virginia  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Washington, DC
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 268 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 7/237 -- Cam Johnson, DE, 6-3, 268, Virginia...With the lack of defensive line depth, Johnson has a shot at making the team. - The Sports Xchange

03/15/2012 - Virginia Pro Day: Representatives of all 32 NFL teams were on hand to see 17 former Cavalier football players work out Thursday at Virginia's Pro Day. Pass rusher Cam Johnson enjoyed a strong workout and was asked to do drills as a linebacker and defensive lineman, according to a league source on the scene. The 6-3, 268 pounder elected not to run the 40-yard dash again after timing between 4.75-4.82 at the Combine. He did however, participate in the sixty yard shuttle and also elected to do the vertical and broad jumps again. Johnson was actually a half inch shorter Thursday in the vertical than he was in Indianapolis (35") but made a significant improvement in his broad jump, going from 8'09" at the Combine to 9'07" Thursday. Johnson also participated in the bench press after not doing this at the Combine due to a pectoral strain. He lifted the bar 16 times Tuesday. According to the source, Johnson showed good overall athleticism in linebacker and defensive line drills, reinforcing the notion that teams operating out of a 3-4 defense will certainly be keeping tabs on the former UVA standout. Johnson is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 defensive end prospect for 2012. His versatility and experience having played both end in current head coach Mike London's 4-3 alignment as well as rush linebacker in former head coach Al Groh's 3-4 scheme is intriguing. "I believe I have versatility and I think teams are looking for," Johnson told the official UVA athletic website following his workout. "I can play in space or with my hand in the dirt as well." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/15/2012 - The Virginia football program held its annual Pro Timing Day for all draft-eligible players on Thursday. All 32 NFL franchises and one Canadian League franchise were represented during the 3-hour workout session. There were 17 former Cavaliers taking part in the event at the UVa practice facility. Kris Burd, Matt Conrath, Chris Hinkebein, Jimmy Howell, Cam Johnson, Dom Joseph, Ray Keys, Rodney McLeod, Anthony Mihota, Max Milien, Chase Minnifield, Corey Mosley, Austin Pasztor, Robert Randolph, Matt Snyder, Aaron Taliaferro and a senior from the 2010 seaosn, Joe Torchia. "I think I performed to the best of my abilities," commented Johnson following the event. "I came to put my best foot forward and I think I did that today. Burd reflected on the event by saying, "I was running around here with my teammates one last time, so it was a bittersweet moment for me." The event finished up with individual player workouts at their specific positions. After the position drills, scouts were free to speak with players and work them out at different positions. This benefits players like Cam Johnson. "I believe I have versatility and I think teams are looking for," said Johnson. "I can play in space or with my hand in the dirt as well." - Virginia football

12/31/2011 - Scouting the Virginia run defense: Big plays were a problem for Virginia early in the season. The Cavs righted the ship in that regard, at least until a 38-0 loss to Virginia Tech in their regular-season finale. Statistically, Virginia ranks fourth in the ACC and 34th nationally in run defense, allowing 128.3 yards per game. - The Sports Xchange

10/10/2011 - Virginia's next game is Oct. 15 at home against Georgia Tech, one of two ACC teams that are currently ranked in the top 25. Facing the Yellow Jackets' tricky triple-option offense is always a challenge that often faces opponents to scrap their entire base defense and concoct a new scheme just for Georgia Tech. The bye comes at a good time for RB Kevin Parks, Virginia's leading rusher and one of the top scoring freshmen in the entire FBS, who sat out against the Vandals with an ankle problem. Also, a nagging lower-leg injury sidelined senior DE Cam Johnson against Idaho. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2011 - ACC WEEK 2 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Cam Johnson, Virginia, DE, Sr., 6-4, 270, Washington, D.C. Made the key play in UVa's 34-31 win at Indiana. After Virginia battled back to tie the game at 31, Johnson sacked IU quarterback Edward Wright-Baker with 1:13 to play, stripping the ball away and recovering the fumble, to give the Cavaliers possession at the Hoosier's 14-yard line. That set up Robert Randolph's game-winning field goal as time expired. Johnson finished the game with three tackles, two for a loss, one sack, one knocked down pass, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three quarterback pressures. - ACC football

09/11/2011 - Virginia finally stole a road win. Defensive end Cam Johnson ripped the ball right out of Edward Wright-Baker's hands with 1:13 left in Saturday night's game, setting up a 23-yard field goal from Robert Randolph to give the Cavaliers a 34-31 come-from-behind win at Indiana. Second-year coach Mike London improved to 1-5 all-time outside of Charlottesville, and it came with another shocking twist in a bizarre game. Indiana (0-2) seemed poised to give new head coach Kevin Wilson his first victory after rallying from a 20-point second half deficit by turning three late turnovers into three touchdowns and 31-23 lead with just 6:34 to play. Virginia (2-0), however, had the answer. The Cavaliers drove down the field, getting a 3-yard touchdown run from Perry Jones to close to 31-29. Michael Rocco connected with tight end Paul Freedman, who twisted his way into the end zone for the tying 2-point conversion. It still wasn't over. Indiana got the ball back with 1:36 and was playing to win in regulation. But on third-and-3 from the Hoosiers' 23, Wright-Baker took a seven-step drop and had barely set up in the pocket when the untouched Johnson raced around the corner. Wright-Baker never saw Johnson, who stripped the ball as both players fell to the ground at the Indiana 14. Four plays later, Randolph trotted onto the field and lined up between the hash marks for the winning kick. - AP Sports

08/15/2011 - Mike London had been speaking for nearly an hour at the ACC Football Kickoff before the conversation turned to Cam Johnson, a pass-rushing specialist if Virginia's defense has one. An outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense favored by former coach Al Groh, Johnson moved to defensive end last year and had 14-1/2 tackles for loss and six sacks, team highs in both categories. "He has a chance to be as good as he wants to be," London said. "He's not an every-down player right now, in my estimation. He's a guy that plays every down but, to be an every-down difference-maker, he's got to raise it up another notch." That's some tough love, particularly because London doesn't know whether Johnson will average 70 plays, as he did as a sophomore, or the 60 plays that he logged last year. Routine physical exams determined that Johnson has the trait for sickle-cell anemia, a genetic disorder. "The NCAA tests all athletes now for these traits," London said. "I don't know if there's a correlation to (not) being in the best cardiovascular shape. I don't know if medication changes that, but there's greater awareness. He's had this for a couple of years. "You can go hard for two or three plays; then, on that fifth or sixth play, you're gassed. In workouts this summer with (strength coach) Evan (Marcus), he'd be out front, out front, out front. Then, all of a sudden, it's, 'What are you doing?' "Now it becomes a matter of management. Get him out, get him rested, get him back in." Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior, won't discuss his medical situation when giving interviews during the preseason, but he has never requested a reduction in his workload. "I feel like I could go 80 plays if I wanted to," Johnson said recently. "Coach (Marcus) put us through a tough program to make sure we were ready." - Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Cam Johnson, Virginia, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. Last season Johnson (6-4, 265) moved to defensive end from linebacker during the program's shift from a 3-4 defensive scheme to a 4-3. He led UVa with 6.5 sacks and was No. 6 in the ACC with 0.54 sacks per game. He ranked fifth in the league with 14.5 tackles for a loss. Johnson's tackles for loss total ranked No. 12 on UVa's single-season list. Johnson enters his senior season having played in 30 games and recorded 100 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss. He has started 22 of UVa's last 24 games. Johnson is also on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. - Virginia football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Cam Johnson, DT, Virginia, (3rd Team All-ACC, 53 tackles, 14.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee


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