Lonnie Johnson- CB Kentucky

6-2, 206, (O) 4.52,

32.5" Arms, 15 Reps, 

10'9 Broad! 38" Vert, 

7.01 3-Cone, 4.1 SS,

The Best FS at CB In The Draft, But... 

By TOM

I don’t like how they play him. They drop him back like a free safety too much. He looks like a Press corner, but they kept having him bail back. He zoned the deep outside a lot, and picked up whichever WR cut to his side. When they let him Press, he was excellent in the finesse Press. He can really move backwards. He can 3/4er, side-saddles, drop half-turned, however you want to say it. Great mover moving backwards while peeking back at the WRs and QB. 

He moves back faster, smoother, and better than most DBs half-turned than when they are bailing. And one things about Johnson, they put him outside, he was the one who was picking up the deep WR every time. No one got past him. No one could beat him deep. He is an easy FS. That is how they really played him a lot, like a Cover Three Safety on the QB's left. He will get physical at the line sometimes. He is great at flipping his hips and running with the WR. 

His only real negative is that he will sometime pass on tackling the RB. It is very worrisome to me. I just saw it a couple of times. It looked like he thought he was still in coverage, but one led to a TD. It looked to me like he could have gotten him, but didn’t even attempt to tackle him. He kept going back like he had to stay behind him. 

He can get physical it the run game. He can shove the CB off him with his long arms, and knock the RB off his feet. Nice job using his inside hand on jam at the line in Press. Likes to hit WRs who dare to try and block him. He is vicious hitter. He worries about his deep speed. Plays his position so the WR is always behind him. 

They have him zone the flat a lot, and move deeper with the WR. He will play press in the zone. Does a good job getting physical at the line. But he will take a false step sometimes to give some space to throw into. But he stays with the WR, and tackles him instantly as the ball arrives. He knocked it out by hitting his arms. 

They played him a lot like a FS. He’ll lined up in off, and then dropped deep. Often staying behind the WR running the deepest like he is in Cover Three outside. I really dislike the way they play him. He can burst out of the Zone and hop in front of the WR and gets his hands on the ball. He really is a great sudden athlete. 

He is big and can set the edge in the run game. He can stick his foot in the dirt, and burst forward with some suddenness. He will switch sides and play on the QB's right. He plays more of a conventional Off coverage on the QB’s right. He often played it tighter. He will get up like he is in Press, and then turn and wind outside to zone the flat. I really like how he moves backward in coverage. I wish they’d let him do more. 

He will side-saddle back and has some giddy-up moving backward. He likes to turn, or half turn towards the QB so he can read him. He will lock onto the WR and not see the run behind him, but once he does he is a flash of lighting forward towards the RB. 

2018 Senior: Started in all 13 games. Totaled 23 tackles, four PBUs, an interception and a forced fumble. Intercepted a pass in the third quarter vs. Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, the first pickoff of his career ... Also had a pass breakup and four tackles in the win. Had a season-high four tackles and PBU vs. Georgia. Totaled three tackles and a PBU in the win at UF. Also had three tackles in the win over USC. Invited to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl where he charted four tackles in the game for the South.

South Carolina: Big Corner who doesn’t look 6-3 to me. But he caused a lot of problem in coverage. Quick and twitchy. There are a lot of big 6-foot-plus Corners in this Draft. More than I have ever seen. He has to prove he can sink and cover the small guys. Great speed moving backwards. He can stay with WRs deep down the field without completely turning and running.

He has some good feet for a 6-3 CB. He can be trailing on the WR's hips, and easily leap up from behind and knock it down with his long arms. Quick short stepping feet. Nice job using his long arms to jam at the line. He ran well with Deebo Samuel. He will line up in the Slot as well. Plays it with finesse a lot. But when it gets physical, he can beat guys up. 

Georgia: Plays a lot of Off. Great size. Very aggressive after the catch. He plays far Off, but he moves up fast and slams into the WR catching the ball in front of him. So much will depend on his speed. He is a terrific hitter. When the RB catches it out of the backfield, and can slam into him and devastate him. 

Senior Bowl: He returned kickoffs at the Senior Bowl. He can really hit. He can come down into the slot and destroy the WR catching it in the in front of him. He looks like an NFL DB. If he has the speed he could go very early as a press corner. If his speed is not great, he could easily move to Safety. 

He made a lot of money at the Senior Bowl. He played with great aggression and violence in routes. When it got physical he won consistently. He has that twitch you need at the end of patterns. He has some ball skills. Great intensity. He can scare WRs. He looked like a 1st Round pick at the SB. 

Career: Former junior college player who spent two seasons at Kentucky (2017 and 2018). Started in 18 of 26 career games, including 18 in a row. Two-year totals included 64 tackles, 3.0 TFL (13 yards), 1.0 sacks, 12 PBUs, two blocked kicks, one interception and a forced fumble. Intercepted a pass in the third quarter vs. Penn State in the Citrus Bowl in 2018, the first pickoff of his career ... Also had a pass breakup and four tackles in helping UK claim its first postseason victory since 2009. Invited to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl where he charted four tackles in the game for the South. Had two blocked kicks in his career, a blocked extra point vs. EKU and a blocked field goal vs. Missouri in 2017. Had a career-high seven tackles as a junior vs. Louisville on Nov. 25, 2017. Graduated in December with a degree in community and leadership development

Lonnie Johnson Vs Alabama: 

He is big. He is linebacker big. Watch him set the Edge like an LB to send the RB inside (:01).One on one on the Edge in the Redzone. The QB doesn't even look his way (:09). He is in off. Watch him burst forward when the WR stopped. Then he burst back and pick up the WR speeding down the sideline. That is a great example of his eyes and COD (:17). You have to be able to read when you are mixing up coverages. He will have no problem learning complicated systems and coverages.

Here he is hiding behind Jeremiah Holloman. That is a PBU (:25). Watch him cut off the inside on the feint. Watch the swivel hips as he snapped them around to recover from his over aggressiveness (:33). Protecting the edge again (:48). He played a lot of Off. I'd like to see him more in Press (:57). He kept his feet moving nicely backwards, but watch the lean like he was ready to pounce on any break. 

Great quick feet moving backwards. Then watch the quick hips turning inside to bail. He got there a little late, but physically stopped the WR cold (1:05). He might be better at FS. This play showed why. He zip around the slot guy, and slam tackled the WR. He gave up some passes, but not 1st Downs (1:14). He should have gotten more aggressive there (1:22). It looked like he had a chance to stop him. 

I don't like how they schemed him. He should be in Press (1:40). He seems to play some Cover Three in Zone (1:47). They seem to want him to pick up the WR gong deep out and run with him (1:57). He moved into traffic, and then dropped into the Zone (2:03). Nice job cutting off the angle on the WR (2:10). That route was done before it started. 

Watch how smooth he turned and bailed. Elite athlete (2:17). Getting his Press on. Watch the great quick feet as he moved back mirroring the WR who was trying to block him. He moved back so quick it took almost 10-yards before the WR could grab him (2:24). That is a great quick pedal with a little weave in it.

See how he cut off the angle with his pedal. Then a punch in the gut and that route was over (2:32). In the Slot, his reaction was a little slow, and his run defense was even worse. Ay, there's the rub. He can look terrible against the run half the time. He is a trick or treat tackler against RBs. He can be vicious tackling WRs, but he will loose his great aggression and hitting against RBs. And notice the WR didn't even attempt to block Johnson (2:10). That's embarrassing dude. 

If you read his bio in my player ratings, I said he is a 1st Round talent in every respect, except he will not always try and tackle in the run consistently. And here? Just flat out failing. Other than run defense he is a prototype CB prospect (2:56). He can mirror the WR so intensely he doesn't see the run. But those feet can move (3:06). He could also be an All Pro Safety, if not for the horrible instincts, eyes and effort against the run. So what do you do with that? 

It will take him out of the 1st. I'd take him in the 1st. But how far can teams who need a big finesse press and zone corner pass on him, with his man coverage skills? He plays off a lot, but he is as good as I've seen in finesse press, when they let him. 

Great coverage, but never saw the run. That's who he is (3:32). They stopped lining guys up on his side, but will run at him. He finally made a great play in the run game. So we know he can do it (3:21). He took himself out of run defense. Is it instincts or eyes, or both (3:48)? He has the outside WR, and they have him switch outside in that weird Man-Zone of theirs. I don't think you can slight him for that. He can only do what his coaches tell him to do (3:58). And that appears to be stay outside and not let any WRs get behind him.

Lonnie Johnson Vs Georgia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-jlHPtbNaY

Johnson's Official Bio:

Career: Former junior college player who spent two seasons at Kentucky (2017 and 2018). Started in 18 of 26 career games, including 18 in a row. Two-year totals included 64 tackles, 3.0 TFL (13 yards), 1.0 sacks, 12 PBUs, two blocked kicks, one interception and a forced fumble. Intercepted a pass in the third quarter vs. Penn State in the Citrus Bowl in 2018, the first pickoff of his career ... Also had a pass breakup and four tackles in helping UK claim its first postseason victory since 2009. Invited to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl where he charted four tackles in the game for the South
Had two blocked kicks in his career, a blocked extra point vs. EKU and a blocked field goal vs. Missouri in 2017. Had a career-high seven tackles as a junior vs. Louisville on Nov. 25, 2017. Graduated in December with a degree in community and leadership development. 

2018 Senior: Started in all 13 games. Totaled 23 tackles, four PBUs, an interception and a forced fumble. Intercepted a pass in the third quarter vs. Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, the first pickoff of his career ... Also had a pass breakup and four tackles in the win. Had a season-high four tackles and PBU vs. Georgia. Totaled three tackles and a PBU in the win at UF. Also had three tackles in the win over USC. Invited to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl where he charted four tackles in the game for the South.

2017 Junior: Played in alil 13 games, earning a starting spot in the last five. Totaled 41 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks, five PBU and two blocked kicks. Charted a career-high seven tackles vs. Louisville. Earned his first career start vs. Ole Miss, charting five tackles, a TFL and a PBU. Had six tackles along with a blocked field goal in the win over Missouri
Also had a blocked extra point vs. Eastern Kentucky. Had three tackles and his first career sack in the win over Tennessee. 

Junior College: Rated by 247sports as a four-star prospect, the No. 2 safety and No. 43 overall player in the junior college ranks. Sat out the 2016 season to concentrate on academics. In 2015, selected second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference after totaling 35 tackles, including 28 solo at Garden City Community College (Kan.)
Also recorded five interceptions and had one fumble recovery. Coached by Jeff Sims. Chose UK over Georgia and West Virginia.

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