How does a CBSSports.com number 181 rated player, WalterFootball 4th-5th round prospect, and a guy NFL.com doesn’t even list get so much attention? Why would anyone ask who Mr. Johnson is- well because the Draft Guru known simply as Mike Mayock said he is the 3rd best CB in the Draft. WHAT??
I was just listening to Mike Mayock’s detailed report of the Senior Bowl practices on ESPN radio and CB's were the topic of conversation. The usual suspects came up Morris Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick, Janoris Jenkins, and then this Leonard Johnson. Who in the heck is Leonard Johnson? I started to listen in more now as my attention has been turned to this unknown. Mayock said he shows flashes of Pro-Bowl caliber CB’s. Mayock began to name drop when comparing him to Ellis Hobbs, Johnathan Joseph, and Charles Tillman. Then Mayock went as far to name his Top 5 which went 1)Morris Claiborne, 2)Janoris Jenkins, and then 3)Leonard Johnson! What!?! Before 4)Dre Kirkpatrick- before 5)Alfonzo Dennard. Really has Mike lost his mind….I had to go and see
While Bronco Nation let me introduce to you Leonard Johnson:
Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 198.
Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
Johnson has 67 tackles with six passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble this season. He has been having a quiet year but came up with a big game in Iowa State's upset win over Oklahoma State.
Leonard Johnson enters his fourth season as a starter. Last year, he was named as an All-Big XII second-team member as well as recording seven passes broken up with one interception, 64 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Johnson had teams throwing away from him last season, and he will need to have a strong senior season to help keep him towards the middle of the draft.
Here is what some of the Draft experts are saying:
Leonard Johnson is Iowa State’s shutdown corner. Coaches say he plays better against elite competition. Johnson did hold Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon to under 100 yards receiving and ZERO touchdowns.
Plays with strong attitude and a short memory. Vocal leader on the field, directs traffic.
He might be the best returner in the Draft he set an NCAA (FBS) record with 519 kickoff return yards on just nine returns
Go look this kid up. He plays fast, hard, and is simply unbelievable in coverage. He has great hips and feet. At 5’10 he might slide due to size but he makes up for it in his play. If Denver can get this young man late in RD2 I think we just found our next CB1of the future and for a very long time. Don’t trust me on this! Trust the true skills of the one and only Mike Mayock, if he says the kid is good the kid is good!