The Chicago Bears go with cornerback Jaylon Johnson with their second pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
With their second pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft (#50 overall), the Chicago Bears go with defense by selecting Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson.
Johnson is a physical corner who has the length (6-foot-0) and the body (212 pounds) to take on the bigger receivers. With that body, he could be an effective press cornerback. He could bully receivers at the line and make knock them off their route.
Johnson also has the speed to keep up with receivers on long passes. He does a good job of fighting with the receiver and knocking the ball out. In 37 games at Utah, Johnson had 21 passes defended, 7 interceptions, and 102 tackles.
Also, Johnson does a good job of communicating on the field when passing off receivers. That’s important so there isn’t a breakdown and an easy touchdown for the opposing offense.
Football IQ is high for Johnson. He diagnoses a route quickly and attacks the top of the route. That help him get to the ball quickly and either knock it out or intercept it.
With his size and strength, Johnson provides good run defense.
Johnson has a strong work ethic and should be a dependable player both on the field and in the locker room.
Since he does a good job of analyzing the quarterback, Johnson has a tendency to stay on the quarterback too much and loses the receiver. Also, he sometimes gets too aggressive and a double move can hurt him.
Johnson’s health is a concern. He’s only missed one game at Utah, but he’s had three shoulder surgeries. This is something that needs monitoring.
Johnson has a chance to be a good cornerback. He’ll be thrown into the cornerback competition with Kevin Toliver, Duke Shelley, Tre Roberson, and Artie Burns for the outside cornerback position vacated by Prince Amukamara. Let’s see if he can make an impact quickly.
Grade: B He may be a stud player but the bigger need was at safety. They had good prospects available but went with a position that already has some good talent.
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