Thursday, January 21, 2021

Jaylon Johnson is a Bear with 50th overall pick

Having sat out day one of the 2020 NFL draft, the Bears made their second selection in eight picks taking Jaylon Johnson Cornerback from Utah. At 6’0″ and 190 pounds he has prototypical size for a corner, elite speed and great athleticism.

Johnson has great patience, physicality and will make an instant impact in Chuck Pagano’s defense. With the departure of Prince Amukamara earlier in the spring it gives a clear path for Johnson to be the Bears starting number 2 outside corner early in the season.

Jaylon Johnson is a day one talent

Johnson has excellent ball skills, good balance, and strength and is more than happy to mix it up physically. He has a tendency to get too physical at the top of routes and doesn’t have great run support ethic. But these are things that can easily be coached at the next level. His coverage skills had him with a day one grade, but issues around a shoulder injury had him fall to the middle of the second.

Speaking to Chicago media after his selection, Jaylon Johnson had this to say “Honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly where I thought I should go in the first round, but definitely somewhere in that mix. Honestly, I’m not sure how much my shoulder hurt my draft stock. I feel like it could of.”

“I feel like that I might have been an impact on it but I’m not too sure. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter because they didn’t pick me and the Bears did. So clearly, my shoulder’s not too big of an issue. So I mean, at this point, it’s just about moving forward.”

Jaylon Johnson has a chip on his shoulder after falling into the second round © Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
Jaylon Johnson has a chip on his shoulder after falling into the second round © Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

With his combination of size, speed, length, and physicality, Jaylon Johnson has the tools to develop into a next-level starting corner in the NFL.

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