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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

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson No. 23 overall on his most recent Big Board.

"A bright spot amid another sour year for Wake, Johnson offers good length at about 6-1," Kiper wrote. "He is a fluid mover with really quick feet, and he has impressive transition speed out of his backpedal. 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." Johnson may at first blush appear to be a fast-riser who has overnight established himself as a first-rounder, but he actually began to take on helium over the summer. Among several glowing reports from media sources, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that scouts "love[d]" Johnson in August.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 09:25:00 PM

An AFC scout told NFL.com that Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson "had some height and plenty of burst."

"It's not a great year for cornerbacks, but I really like Kevin Johnson," the scout said. NFL.com's draft analysts Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis wrote that "Johnson continues to emerge as one of the most intriguing talents at the position," especially given that other top prospects at corner, like Marcus Peters and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu have dealt with team turmoil and injuries, respectively. Johnson showed his stuff against Clemson last week with an interception, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss. "He's a playmaker with excellent cover skills" wrote the analysts.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 09:37:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson's performance against Clemson on Thursday was "flashy" and "couldn't have come at a better time."

Rang's "couldn't have come at a better time" comment was in reference to how Johnson played well against Clemson on the same day that Washington dismissed top prospect Marcus Peters. Peters' late-season issues can only help other corners on draft boards. But back to Johnson. The senior forced two touchdowns, with a first quarter interception and a fumble recovery after a botched punt record by Clemson. "He's very light on his feet, showing great quickness and fluidity to turn and run with receivers when in man to man coverage, as well as excellent downhill burst back to the ball (as shown on his interception) for zone," Rang noted.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:09:00 PM

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Wake Forest freshman QB John Wolford (head injury) will be back in the starting lineup this week against Boston College.

Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson said Wolford showed no sign of a concussion following last week's 30-7 loss to Syracuse. The true freshman QB, suffered a head injury as he was hit while throwing a pass during the second quarter. After the huge hit, Wolford ended up missing the second half on the bench in street clothes.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Wake Forest reserve redshirt QB Kevin Sousa, who was recently suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, was reported to have been arrested on a drunk-driving charge.

"An eye-witness to the incident told Blogger So Dear that late Saturday night, Sousa was seen driving his vehicle onto the upper quad. He entered the quad by removing the black gate between the Kitchin and Poteat dormitories, before driving across the quad to the Subway located on campus. The eye-witness stated, "He was not driving recklessly, rather, he just coasted up on the sidewalk to the Subway and got out. It's not like students were sprinting to get out of the way. Sousa was then chased down by several Wake Forest police officers, before being turned over to the Winston-Salem police," according to SB Nation. Sousa, The former running back turned quarterback,led the Wake Forest offense in the spring game completing 16-of-32 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 78 yards and one touchdown. Wake Forest will continue to go with John Wolford as their starter with Tyler Cameron backing up Wolford.
Source: SB Nation
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 03:10:00 PM

Wake Forest has decided to suspended reserve redshirt QB Kevin Sousa for a violation of team rules.

The 6-foot-3, 220 pound Sousa is suspended indefinitely, but at the moment there has been no date set for his return to the program. There could be a possibility, that the Wake Forest prospect may not return at all. Sousa made the switch back to quarterback during spring practice and led the Wake Forest offense in the spring game completing 16-of-32 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 78 yards and one touchdown. Wake Forest will continue to rely on John Wolford as their starting quarterback, with Tyler Cameron as Wolford's back up.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:57:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that scouts "love" Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson.

In 2013, Johnson finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles and a team-best 12 pass breakups. "Scouts love cornerback Kevin Johnson, grading him as one of the better senior prospects in the country, let alone cornerbacks," the expert wrote. "I’m not so sure as Johnson really struggles making plays with his back to the ball and does to much face-guarding, which will cost him at the next level." Pauline sees Johnson as a Rds. 4-5 prospect. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote earlier this month that Johnson "should be considered among the top half of corner prospects to keep an eye on leading up to the draft."
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 08:41:00 PM

Wake Forest senior CB Merrill Noel "possesses quickness and natural ability to be a contributor from the slot at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"Possesses quickness and natural ability to be a contributor from the slot at the next level, and a strong senior season could put him in the draft conversation," Stephens wrote. Noel started 11 games at CB before missing the final game of the year due to injury. Last season Noel finished seventh on the team with 53 tackles, including 38 solo stops and 2.5 for loss. As a freshman, the Wake Forest prospect was a consensus Freshman All-American, starting in 13 games with 19 passes defensed and two interceptions. If Noel can play consistent and stay healthy in his final year, it could do wonders for his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 12:11:00 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson "should be considered among the top half of corner prospects to keep an eye on leading up to the draft."

"Johnson should be considered among the top half of corner prospects to keep an eye on leading up to the draft, and could put himself in the upper tier if he's able to demonstrate better strength and physicality as a senior," Stephens wrote. Over the last two seasons, the 6-foot-0, 175 pound Johnson has been quite productive for Wake Forest with 27 pass break-ups and six interceptions in 24 straight starts. In 2013, Johnson finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles, with 39 solo stops and a team-best 12 pass breakups.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 11:50:00 AM


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