Utah CB Jaylon Johnson Records Great Numbers At NFL Combine

Mar 1, 2020, 5:50 PM
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Jaylon Johnson #DB21 of the Utah Utes speaks to the media on day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Utah Utes cornerback Jaylon Johnson showed first round potential after the numbers he posted during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.

Entering the Combine, it was reported that Johnson would compete in all of the drills in Indianapolis with a torn labrum. Before the Combine, Johnson was projected as a early second or late first round draft pick. According to NFL Network Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah, the former Ute is the 28th best prospect on his draft board.

The NFL hands out prospect grades to each participant in the Combine that is based off of everything they do. The grading scale is from 5.0 to 8.0. An 8.0 grade is considered a perfect prospect. Johnson received a 6.43 grade which is below “boom or bust prospect” and above “will be starter within first two seasons.”

NFL.com Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein compared Johnson to Seattle Seahawks DB Shaquill Griffin.

Here are the measurements from Johnson at the Combine.

  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 193 lbs.
  • Arms: 31 3/8″
  • Hands: 9 3/8″

40-Yard Dash

Johnson posted a 4.5 40-yard dash. His secondary teammate at Utah Javelin Guidry recorded the best time of 4.29. Johnson’s time was tied with Miami DB Trajan Brady for the 10th fastest time.

The slowest time among the defensive backs was Stanford Samuels from Florida State with 4.65.

Bench Press

With a torn labrum, Johnson put up 15 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press. The impressive number despite the injury was tied for the fifth most among the defensive backs. Clemson’s A.J. Terrell and Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene had as many reps as Johnson.

Tulsa DB Reggie Robinson II and Georgia Southern Kindle Vildor had the most reps in the group with 22.

Vertical Jump

Johnson jumped 36.5 inches in the vertical jump. That was the fifth highest leap at the Combine with the defensive backs. Harrison Hand from Temple (41), Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah (41), Essang Bassey from Wake Forest (39.5), Kindle Vildor (39.5), Jeff Gladney from TCU (37.5), Florida’s C.J. Henderson (37.5) and Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene (37) had a higher jump than Johnson.

Washington DB Myles Bryant had the lowest vertical jump of 31.5 inches.

Broad Jump

The former Utah leaped 124 inches in the broad jump. That result was the 8th most in the Combine. He tied Jeff Gladney from TCU and Auburn’s Javaris Davis.

The longest broad jump among the defensive backs belonged to Jeff Okudah from Ohio State at 135 inches.

Three-Cone Drill

Johnson completed the three-cone drill in 7.01 seconds which was good for sixth fastest. He tied with Grayland Arnold from Baylor. Washington defensive back Myles Bryant had the fastest time of 6.81.

The slowest time was TCU’s Jeff Gladney with 7.26.

20-Yard Shuttle

The 20-yard shuttle was great for Johnson who ended the drill in 4.13 seconds, the third fastest time. He tied Essang Bassey from Wake Forest but only John Reid from Penn State (3.97) and Washington’s Myles Bryant (4.02) had faster times.

LSU DB Kristian Fulton had the slowest time of 4.36.

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