According to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron WIlson, the Denver Broncos attended Houston’s Pro Day on Thursday and showed interest in cornerback, Isaiah Johnson. They also have scheduled a pre-draft visit/workout with the former Houston cornerback.
Isaiah Johnson @_bigplayzay excelled during drills @UHCougarFB Pro Day displaying excellent change of direction. Broncos pulled him aside for extra work expected to visit them, too. Several teams on tap including the Texans for a private workout— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 28, 2019
Johnson is a 6’2”, 208lb cornerback who ran a 4.4 40-time at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has 33” arms and jumped a 36.5 inch vertical at the Combine as well.
He played a total of four seasons at Houston and started the past two seasons at cornerback for them. During Johnson’s four-year career at Houston, he has totaled 115 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 4 interceptions, and 12 pass deflections. This past season, Johnson totaled 66 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass deflections.
Here is what The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs had to say about Isaiah Johnson in his scouting report.
Isaiah Johnson’s ceiling is easy to see. He’s an exciting, lengthy, athletic prospect whose background as a receiver yields a lot of strong plays of the football at the catch point. Johnson will require a lot of technical development in his hands and feet but his general skill set is one defensive coaches should be drawn to if they run a lot of bail technique Cover 3 or off-man coverage. Johnson can develop into a strong starter on the outside, but will need time.
Johnson figures to be in that late day two to early day three range. He has tons of upside, good tools, the size and length you look for, but needs development. That part of the draft is where these type of prospects tend to go and so I expect Johnson to go in that range as well.
The Broncos addressed their secondary needs during free agency by signing cornerback/safety Kareem Jackson and slot cornerback Bryce Callahan. Those two will join Pro Bowler Chris Harris Jr. and 2018 rookie Isaac Yiadom in the Broncos secondary. This doesn’t leave a ton of room for another corner, but a player like Johnson has potential and could push Yiadom for some outside corner duties if Jackson tends to play more safety.
The Broncos attended his Pro Day, worked with him a bit on the side, and now have a visit/workout scheduled with him, so there appears to be some legitimate interest there. This new Broncos coaching staff has a history of developing cornerbacks in their recent stops, so I am intrigued with what they could do with someone like Johnson.