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The Texans earned a "B" grade for their draft and "did a good job of continuing to strengthen the roster beyond [the QB] position," analyzed ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Kevin Johnson is a bit lean, but everything else is there, and I know some teams had him graded as the best cornerback in the draft," Kiper wrote. "Benardrick McKinney is the thumper they needed at inside lineabacker, but I had both Eric Kendricks and Denzel Perryman rated higher. That's a situation in which you're looking for specific traits, and McKinney really makes his money tackling against the run." Rotoworld's Evan Silva was not as high on Houston's haul, giving the team a "C" draft grade. "Quarterback, tight end, and interior O-Line remain question marks in Houston," Silva concluded. Both analysts praised the Round 3 trade to move up to select Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong.
May 3 - 7:27 PM

Texans selected Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Johnson (6'0/188) made 40 starts in college, compiling eight tackles for loss, seven picks, and three forced fumbles. He allowed just one TD pass in 11 games last season. Although Johnson ran 4.52 in Indy, he demonstrated elite athleticism in the vertical (41 1/2") and broad (10'10") jumps, while finishing as a top performer in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Arguably the most technically-sound and quick-footed cornerback in the 2015 draft, Johnson has experience in both zone and man coverage and projects as the Texans' Week 1 nickel corner behind starters Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson.
Apr 30 - 9:57 PM

Sources at Wake Forest indicated to scouts late last season that CB Kevin Johnson's attitude had matured.

One scout said Johnson had been a little immature in the 'I'm going to do it my way' way, but apparently Johnson learned to play nice during his senior season. The only remaining question regarding the prospect is his build. "He has good length but he lacks bulk," one scout said. "But he's tough and tries to knock people out in the run game. It scares you because of how he's built." Said another: "You could see thin on tape. However, people didn't beat him up. Some guys get bumped around." Another mentioned that Johnson played in the 170s but has worked on putting on weight. This should sort itself out. Clubs who need press corners might lean to Byron Jones or Marcus Peters, but if they want a more skilled and versatile cover man, they'll likely be more attracted to Trae Waynes or Johnson.
Apr 30 - 6:44 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "needs to show he can be a better tackler."

"He is lean, and I question what happens on game day when somebody comes out in two tight ends and two backs and decides to make this corner tackle," Gruden said. "When they throw this bubble screen -- and here is a receiver blocking your corner -- can you get rid of the blocker and make the tackle?" Gruden has been highly critical during the process of DBs who cannot tackle, pointing to the popularity of the bubble screen as a reason that starters must be skilled at wrapping up. "Have you stood next to Calvin Johnson or Brandon Marshall? It's not easy bringing those guys down," he said. "I just think the top corners in the draft, the first-round guys, should be able to cover and be able to tackle. They have a role in the outcome of the running game, as well."
Apr 30 - 2:54 PM

"Multiple teams" have Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson as the top prospect at the position, according to Mike Florio.

The news makes sense. Johnson has plenty of experience in off coverage, something that Trae Waynes isn't built to do. Teams who prioritize two press corners might prefer Waynes, Byron Jones or Marcus Peters, but if a team wants a corner with more change of direction fluidity to occupy receivers in a variety of coverages, they likely lean Johnson. Corner can be a very scheme specific position.
Apr 27 - 8:54 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that "plenty think" Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "might be the best" cornerback.

"I see him in the top half of the first round as well," La Canfora wrote. Trae Waynes is expected to be the first corner off the board, but Johnson is competing with him, Marcus Peters and Byron Jones for that honor. We've heard Johnson's name officially attached to the Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons, Eagles, Patriots, Cardinals and Panthers.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 6:28 PM

College Football Focus measured Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson as allowing a higher percentage of passes (60 percent) for less yardage (9.8 per completion) than MSU's Trae Waynes.

Johnson surrendered one touchdown and chipped in one interception and three passes defensed. "Those are OK numbers," said Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo. Johnson is competing with Waynes, Marcus Peters and Byron Jones for first-round position. Johnson's name has been attached to the Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons, Eagles, Patriots, Cardinals and Panthers.
Apr 23 - 6:50 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson is one player the Packers are targeting in Round 1.

Pauline wrote that he was given this information "by several sources." We've heard Johnson's name officially attached to the Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons, Eagles, Patriots, Cardinals and Panthers, though there isn't a team that would deny his job application. Johnson is jockeying for draft position with Trae Waynes, Marcus Peters and Byron Jones.
Apr 15 - 6:56 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson is visiting the Cowboys this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

The Chargers, Falcons and Eagles already put Johnson through private workouts, and the corner has upcoming private workouts with the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers, per Wilson. Johnson has a legitimate chance to be the first cornerback off the board, and will compete for that spot with Trae Waynes, Marcus Peters and Byron Jones.
Apr 7 - 9:43 AM

ESPN's Steve Muench could see a scenario where the 49ers reach for Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson at No. 15.

Scouts Inc. grades Johnson as the No. 3 CB in the class and the 27th overall prospect, but Muench believes San Francisco might be compelled to reach for him anyway if the board falls a certain way due to the team's desperation to add help on the defensive outside. "At 6 feet, 188 pounds, Johnson is a quick learner with the football acumen to digest defensive coordinator Eric Mangini's game plans and the cover skills to make a push for immediate playing time on the outside," Muench wrote. "He's also got the ball skills and aggressive nature to develop into a playmaker, which is worth mentioning because Cox and Culliver combined to pick off nine passes last year."
Mar 29 - 9:54 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "showed great improvement in man coverage from 2013 to 2014," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Johnson checks in at No. 4 on the analyst's list of CBs. "While he lacks desired weight at the position, his cover skills, athleticism and competitiveness give him a shot to come in and start right away. Johnson can play gunner on special teams," Zierlein wrote. Zierlein compares Johnson to Sam Shields. "Plays stronger than his listed weight," reads his scouting report. "Has athleticism and enough speed to recover when beaten. Decisive player. Fights to disengage and support against the run. Willing to drop shoulder and lay lumber as zone defender. Usually followed opponent's best receiver around the field." Johnson ranks as Scout Inc.'s No. 2 CB.
Mar 29 - 7:38 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson's "thin frame" has been a "concern for NFL scouts," according to's Frank Cooney.

"Despite displaying excellent durability throughout his high school and college career, Johnson's thin frame was a concern for NFL scouts. Otherwise, Johnson showed top-tier abilities at cornerback as a smooth-moving athlete with excellent technique, instinct and ball skills," Cooney wrote. The 6-foot, 188-pound Johnson may get knocked for his frame, but he is willing to get his hands dirty and get the job done. The Wake Forest CB shows a ton of athleticism and natural ball skills, that teams will fall in love with. Johnson could hear his name called in the back end of the first, but should not slide pass the second round.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 25 - 2:22 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "is a fluid and flexible athlete with enough length and range to line up in press, along with the movement skills to hold up in off coverage," notes Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Because cornerbacks Darrelle Revis (Jets) and Brandon Browner (Saints) bolted this offseason, the scribe sees the Patriots potentially looking corner in Round 1. If they do, Weidl loves the match between New England and Johnson. "[Johnson] needs to continue to add strength but is willing to step up against the run and plays with the type of competitive edge you like to see at the position," he wrote.
Mar 20 - 9:15 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl writes that Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "has the cleanest pure movement skills of any cornerback in the class."

"He is loose in the hips and shows excellent flexibility in his lower half that provides him with quality mirror capabilities in man coverage," Weidl wrote. "In addition, Johnson displays strong field awareness, recognizing route concepts, and flashes the anticipation skills to manufacture big plays. At 6-foot and 188 pounds, he has a lean frame and needs to continue to add bulk. However, he is willing to step up in run support, and plays with the type of confident edge you like to see at the position." The analyst believes Johnson will appeal the Saints at No. 31. Picking in the same range, New England is sure to have interest.
Mar 12 - 8:55 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson will be an attractive option for the Patriots in Round 1.

As NFL Media notes, Johnson is projected to go right around where the Patriots pick. He could make for an intriguing Darrelle Revis replacement. "He's not the biggest prospect out there, but he's got the right frame for the job and really developed during his time with the Demon Deacons," noted College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Given his athleticism, he's just scratching the surface and could infuse some youth into the New England secondary while playing early in the slot."
Mar 11 - 1:48 PM

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