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Buffalo Bills select safety Jaquan Johnson in sixth round of NFL Draft

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the 181st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected safety Jaquan Johnson from the University of Miami.

Johnson is coming off a year where he totaled 92 tackles and 2 interceptions in the Hurricanes’ defensive backfield as a senior. At 5’10” and 191 lbs, he isn’t the biggest or fastest player, but he has the traits that head coach Sean McDermott covets in terms of intangibles. He was a team captain last year in South Beach, and he shows tremendous leadership on and off the field.

Johnson totaled 252 tackles, eight interceptions, and seven pass breakups over 48 career games at the collegiate level. He is not a top-flight athlete, having run a 4.69-second forty-yard dash at the Combine, and he only topped out at a 33” vertical leap. However, the Bills have added a core special-teams player in the sixth round at worst, with analyst Lance Zierlein grading Johnson as a potential starter at some point in his NFL career.


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