Matt Johnson Scouting Report

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Matt Johnson Scouting Report

Position: SS
Conference: Div I-AA
School: Eastern Washington Swoop
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #5
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 216 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Undrafted
Drafted 4.40 in 2012 by DAL

2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Matt Johnson, SS, Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington safety Matt Johnson was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 135 overall pick in the fourth round. His senior season ended abruptly after sustaining a biceps injury. Johnson isn't likely to start in his rookie season but he will compete for a role on the team. The Cowboys had their eye on Mark Barron and athletically, Johnson is comparable on paper.

Johnson ran a 4.54 40 yard dash and bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times at his pro day. That is quite a performance for a defensive back. Johnson is quick to diagnose plays and reacts well instinctively. He plays physical to the whistle and wraps up cleanly. He's at his best playing downhill which likely limits him to the strong safety position.

When in man to man coverage, he lacks the footwork to keep up with precise route runners. His feet will get tangled and he'll fall back on his speed to make up for it. Johnson has the potential to improve his coverage skills and possibly move to free safety later in his career. For now though, he'll be competing with multiple safeties to earn a roster spot in 2012.

Last Updated Apr-29-2012 by Matt De Lima

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