From: Stockton, California
Weight: 204 pounds
High School Career: Standout performer at Thomas Edison High playing for coach Elliott Burke…Lettered three times as a strong safety, wide receiver and quarterback…Also handled kickoff return duties…Was named to the school’s Hall of Fame as a senior after earning All League and All-Sac-Joaquin Section honors as a quarterback and defensive back…Lettered in basketball as well as track and was team MVP and captain in a senior basketball season in which he earned All Conference honors.
College Career: Entered Montana as a receiver prospect after playing a variety of positions in high school…Moved to defensive back in fall practice of his freshman season and never turned back, starting 11 games at corner for the Grizzlies in his first year…Picked off four passes and deflected four more in his first year at the position…Followed up with a huge sophomore season, posting 54 tackles and five more interceptions to go with 12 pass breakups on his way to All Big Sky Conference honors…repeated that feat as a junior and added All American to his status as he came up with four more interceptions and 44 tackles…Opponents finally learned not to throw his way in 2011 when he posted two interceptions and 54 tackles with another All American honor to his credit…was nominated for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the best defensive player in the FCS…For his career, was targeted 305 times, allowing just 102 completions or 33.44 percent.
Need to Know: Johnson spent his first two seasons at Montana as teammates with one Brandon Fisher. At the time, Fisher was a linebacker for the Grizzlies and his father, Jeff, the current coach of the Rams made it up to watch his son and, by extension, Johnson play a handful of times. Brandon Fisher spoke to Johnson right before the Rams drafted him before handing it off to his father, who invited Johnson to become a Ram with the team’s third-round selection. Brandon Fisher will now work with Johnson in the Rams’ secondary where he serves as the team’s assistant secondary coach alongside secondary coach Chuck Cecil.
He Said It:
“I’m so excited. Me and Jeff, I’ve known Jeff since I was at Montana just because his son played. He used to come to some games, so I feel like I knew Coach Jeff a little more. I’m excited. I’m ready to meet all those guys up there.” – Johnson on the relationship he had with Coach Jeff Fisher from playing with his son Brandon at Montana.
They Said It:
“I saw him probably four games from his freshman year through his sophomore season, the first two years. Watched him practice and then obviously we did our work on tape and the Combine work. He’s a good football player.” – Fisher on his relationship with Johnson.
“His size. First off, he’s got great ball skills. He can go get the football. He had a bunch of interceptions. He’s a big corner, he’s got long arms, he can press, he’s going to work at the off coverage and he’s physical and he’ll tackle. Both of our corners that we drafted will tackle and that’s important. And they’re big. We’re facing big backs in our division and we need guys that can run support.” – Fisher on Johnson’s size and ability to help against the run.
Outlook: Will get a chance to compete for a starting spot opposite