The buzz around Lonnie Johnson Jr. continues to grow.
After an incredible Senior Bowl performance and a great run at UK Pro Day, NFL scouts and defensive backs coaches are drooling over the Kentucky cornerback. Former NFL cornerback and current NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks has talked to plenty of people around the league, and they’re incredibly high on the former Wildcat.
“Kentucky’s Lonnie Johnson Jr. is emerging as the hottest prospect at the position during the pre-draft season,” Brooks wrote. “According to an AFC defensive backs coach, Johnson will be the “best cover corner in the league” in a few years and everyone should jump on the bandwagon right now.”
From afar, most point to Johnson’s SEC counterparts, LSU’s Greedy Williams or Georgia’s Deandre Baker, as the best cornerbacks in the class. They have comparable athleticism and put up incredible numbers in college. Johnson does not have the stats, but he plays with incredible discipline.
“To that point, Johnson’s discipline, attention to detail and toughness stood out during my tape study,” Brooks said. “He didn’t take unnecessary chances in coverage and his eagerness to tackle suggests that he can be counted on in run support. Considering how defensive coaches want to get 11 players to the ball on every play, Johnson’s dependability will add a few points to his total score on the grading scale.”
Of the five NFL Network analysts who compile mock drafts, none of them currently have Johnson in the first round. Even if that does not change, Brooks wants NFL fans to be ready when Johnson become a star.
“When we talk about this class three, four years from now, they’re telling me Lonnie Johnson Jr. will be the name we’re talking about as a premier cornerback in this class.”
— 4/7 (@Lonnie30johnson) April 6, 2019