Player News

Date:

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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 7:38 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson's "thin frame" has been a "concern for NFL scouts," according to NFLDraftScout.com'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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 1:48 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench believes Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "could go in the top 15."

Johnson checks in as Scout Inc.'s No. 2 CB. At the combine, Johnson logged the fastest short shuttle time (3.89) and the fifth-fastest three-cone time (6.89) amongst corners. "Those times are impressive considering that taller players generally don't fare as well in these drills, and Johnson measured 6-0," Muench wrote. "Plus, he posted excellent broad and vertical jump numbers." The analyst added that Johnson's "cover skills graded out as outstanding and he has above-average instincts when you throw on the tape."
Mar 7 - 9:19 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "could be gone by 30 based on need," an NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Somebody's got to go and if it's going to be anybody it's probably going to be him because he's the most steady," the scout said. "I'd really have a hard time taking any corner in the first round. Very good technique, awareness, instinct, ball skills. All that good stuff. But he's not a burner and he's thin. Just a good, solid, all-around corner." ESPN's Mel Kiper also believes the 6-foot-1 Johnson could be a first-rounder. Johnson intercepted seven balls last year.
Mar 2 - 11:22 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson elected to stand on all his testing numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine at the school's pro day Monday.

No surprise here, as Johnson was amongst the defensive back leaders in the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard short shuttle. For whatever reason, he didn't bench press at the combine or at Wake Forest's pro day. The guess here is that he wouldn't have tested well, but that particular exam is largely irrelevant for corners. "Johnson did go through positional drills and looked very good doing so," NFL.com's Gil Brandt noted.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 9:09 PM

Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson "should be among the next in line" after Trae Waynes and Marcus Peters are off the board, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke.

"At 6’0’’ and 188 pounds, Johnson does not necessarily fit the current prototype of long and lean cornerbacks," Burke wrote. "He does, however, check off just about every other box. The 6.79-second three-cone and 3.89-second short shuttle times Johnson posted at the combine highlighted his quick feet, which are evident in how he moves on the football. Put him in either man or zone and he'll be competitive." ESPN's Mel Kiper, for one, sees the 6-foot-1 Johnson as a first-rounder. An AFC scout told NFL.com a few months ago that Johnson has "some height and plenty of burst."
Feb 26 - 9:58 PM

Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson "is reminiscent of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie both from a build and skill-set standpoint," observed ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl.

"Johnson is a tall cornerback (6-foot-1) who is loose in his hips and has excellent flexibility in his lower half," Weidl wrote. "The result is that he has the most natural man coverage skills in this year's class. Johnson also displays strong eyes, anticipation and recognition skills to find and make a play on the ball. Johnson does have a lean frame and needs to continue to add bulk in order to improve strength both in contested situations against bigger receivers and in run support. However, he plays with an edge and is not afraid to throw his weight around." An AFC scout told NFL.com a few months ago that Johnson has "some height and plenty of burst."
Feb 15 - 2:06 PM

NFL.com reports that Wake Forest NT Tylor Harris has been clocked in the 4.8s in the 40-yard dash.

That's some quick feet from a 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect. "Harris, who didn't redshirt, was a first-time starter in 2014 and did a nice job clogging the middle," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He also showed a nose for the football, finishing with four fumble recoveries. He has good size and strength, and has been clocked as fast as the 4.8s in the 40. He has good feet, befitting a guy who was a state champion in high school in the shot put; he also threw the discus." Harris grew up within walking distance of LSU's campus in Baton Rouge.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 8:23 PM

Wake Forest senior CB Merrill Noel had four tackles and two passes broken up in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Noel started from Day 1 on campus and finished his career with eight interceptions, including a team-leading three in 2014. "Noel has the speed to stay in receiver's hip pocket while showing the awareness and feel in coverage to keep an eye on the action around him," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "Noel is undersized and will get himself in trouble when he takes too many chances, but his natural fluidity and confident attitude is ideal for the position and he is definitely a prospect to remember for the future." CBS grades Noel as a Rd. 7 or UDFA prospect.
Jan 11 - 3:38 PM

Wake Forest senior CB Merrill Noel will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Noel started from his first day on campus. As a freshman, the Wake Forest prospect was a consensus Freshman All-American. He finished his career with eight interceptions, which included a team-leading three in 2014. "Noel has the speed to stay in receiver's hip pocket while showing the awareness and feel in coverage to keep an eye on the action around him," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "Noel is undersized and will get himself in trouble when he takes too many chances, but his natural fluidity and confident attitude is ideal for the position and he is definitely a prospect to remember for the future." CBS grades Noel as a Rd. 7 or UDFA prospect.
Jan 7 - 1:51 PM

Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

ESPN's Mel Kiper, for one, sees the 6-foot-1 Johnson as a first-rounder. "He is a fluid mover with really quick feet, and he has impressive transition speed out of his backpedal," Kiper wrote last week. "I like his ability as a playmaker, and the ability to shine in different types of coverage. He's not going to deliver the huge hit and is just OK against the run, but he's an effective tackler on receivers in space." An AFC scout told NFL.com earlier this month that Johnson has "some height and plenty of burst."
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 10:55:00 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Norris on Winston

    Norris on Winston's Pro Day
  •  
    Pepsi

    Pepsi's Frozen Five: Tuesday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NBA 6-Pack: Monday
  •  
    Norris: Titans need Mariota

    Norris: Titans need Mariota
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NBA 6-Pack: Friday
  •  
    Stroup: NBA Waiver Options

    Stroup: NBA Waiver Options
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NBA 6-Pack: Wednesday
  •  
    Draft: Winston moves to No. 1?

    Draft: Winston moves to No. 1?