CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston

6’2” – 208 lbs. – 4.40

Began his collegiate career as a wide receiver. Redshirted, then spent the next two seasons rotating in at the position before transitioning to cornerback for his junior year, one in which he started five of twelve games played and ended up with 45 tackles and two interceptions. Was a full-time starter this past season, picking up another two interceptions on top of 66 tackles. Offers rare size for a pro cornerback, with his height and length (33” arms) alone being something that will cause him to draw plenty of interest from teams. Tended to line up on the short side of the field, playing several different techniques, including press-man, shuffle, bail, and off coverage. Clearly a work in progress from a technical perspective, but has obvious athletic tools to mold, with impressive top-end speed and the ability to cover plenty of ground with long strides. Has a fast backpedal and pretty good balance, having been asked to do so pretty frequently for a college cornerback. Gets extension with his arms and uses them to help stick with opposing receivers, although he’s not quite the bully at the line of scrimmage which his size would suggest; more likely to offer a quick check with one hand and bail out. Has the length and recovery speed to make plays on balls that other cornerbacks wouldn’t be able to reach. Footwork and balance can get a little bit sloppy when flipping his hips. Needs a little bit of time to gather before driving on spots from off-coverage, creating windows for timing throws underneath. Reaction times are a little bit slower than you’d like; susceptible to quick curls and other patterns of that nature. Would like to see him do a better job of getting his head around when targeted down the sidelines. Pretty competitive when it comes to taking on blocks, demonstrating the ability to use his length; however, positioning can be a little bit inconsistent and tends to get stuck on blocks just a split second too long, so improving his hand use will be important. When he’s around the ball, offers a wide tackling radius and a physical approach. A player whose size, length, speed, and development trajectory are going to intrigue teams looking for a high-ceiling prospect at the position, there are some times when his footwork/technique looks a little bit awkward and he’s not the twitchiest cornerback in the class, but those rough edges shouldn’t prevent him from earning some second-day consideration.

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