A fairly strong CB class helps the Chicago Bears fill a void left by the departure of Prince Amukamara
With the Chicago Bears second pick in the second round they landed strong physical Corner Jaylon Johnson from Utah. This is a guy that should not have been available in the second round let lone pick 50. Due to his nagging shoulder injuries he was able to slip to the Bears and fill the much needed CB2 void in an already monster of a defense. Johnson underwent surgery in March to repair a torn labrum which he played through the 2019 season and the NFL scouting combine with. Johnson was an All Pac-12 selection in 2018 & 2019 due to his studies and his on the field product, in 2019 he was also named an Associated Press All-American.
“A tough hard-nosed cover corner with outstanding instincts and awareness, Johnson is a polished technician with quick feet and active hands. He’s scrappy and competitive, which makes him a harder matchup for receiver who don’t like to battle on the perimeter.”
– Bucky Brooks NFL Network
When you watch film on Jaylon Johnson you see the attitude that he plays with. Johnson is made to get in the face of receivers at the line and make them work for every ounce of separation that they get. Johnson sometimes gets caught looking at the quarterback which results in him losing his receiver but with proper coaching he will be able to trust his technique more as his career develops. Johnson ran a 4.5 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine which explains his ability to stay close to receivers and recover in the times he gets out of position. Johnson would have the ability to compete for a starting cornerback job on most other teams. Kyle Fuller is already holding down the CB1 spot on the roster but I fully expect Johnson to walk in and take the CB2 spot fairly soon.
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