In the 4th round of the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills took cornerback Taron Johnson out of Weber State.
Johnson is a 5’11” defensive back who was named an All-American by the Associated Press and earned first-team Big Sky honors in 2017. During his senior season he had two sacks, three tackles for loss, three interceptions and nine pass break ups in his senior season.
“Johnson wasn’t highly recruited out of high school as a receiver, and he converted to cornerback in his freshman season at Weber State. He started five games that year, then started at cornerback for three more years. The 192 pound Johnson collected six interceptions and 42 pass breakups during his college career,” says Buffalo Rumblings NFL Draft writer Dan Lavoie. “Johnson was invited to the Senior Bowl as recognition for his performance. He’s a solid athlete with average size for a cornerback, and his likely destination will be in the slot, where he can use his ball skills, physicality, and confidence to break up routes underneath and defend the run.”
Johnson has a shot to gain significant playing time as the team’s slot cornerback right from the get-go. Veteran free agent signee Phillip Gaines is his main competition.
Here’s Johnson’s scouting report from our Group of Five college football blog Underdog Dynasty
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