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Lonnie Johnson Made Money on Day One of the Senior Bowl

Mike Edwards, Darius West and Lonnie Johnson began practice Tuesday in preparation for the Senior Bowl.  The latter is already earning more money in Mobile.

Representing the South team, the three UK defensive backs started their week on the scale before hitting the practice field.

Mike Edwards

Lonnie Johnson

Darius West











32 1/4”

31 3/8”


8 3/4”



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As soon as Lonnie Johnson walked into Mobile, he was a star.  Scouts were impressed with his combination of agility and size. reporter Lance Zierlein said Johnson was one of the biggest winners at Day One of the Senior Bowl.

“Now that the chief evaluators are here — the guys who make the draft picks — they’re going to be impressed by Johnson. He’s 6-2, 210 pounds with long arms (32 1/4 inches). He looks the part. He made money just by showing up, getting measured this morning and then walking out here in his uniform. That might sound silly, but that’s how it works in the NFL. Guys want players with certain traits and he’s got them. On top of that, he played fairly well today. A lack of ball production in college (one interception) is the knock on him, but NFL teams always think they can coach that up.

Based on his tape, I thought he was a Day 3 (Rounds 4-7) player. But based on the traits, it wouldn’t shock me to start to hear people talking about him as a top-50 player.”

On the other hand, Darius West struggled a bit.  One New York Jets reporter put West in his “Day One Losers” category.  Just like in Lonnie’s case, it’s always wise to pump the brakes after only one day.

Meanwhile, Mike Edwards was the first Wildcat to make highlight-worthy play.  The Badger denied Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow during 7-on-7 work.

Today’s practice schedule has been slightly altered due to severe weather, but the UK trio should still have plenty of time to put together quality tape at South Alabama’s indoor practice facility.

The Senior Bowl is this Saturday at 2:30 ET on the NFL Network.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for Lonnie Johnson Made Money on Day One of the Senior Bowl

  1. EastKYCAT
    2:13 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    In my opinion, Johnson and West are going to be the hardest to replace. Badger never really came up and made good contact and kept his feet moving during action on the field. Baity will be hard to replace as well. However we have good recruits and older players going to step up next year.

  2. cozbob
    2:35 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    It seemed like every passing touchdown we gave up this year was against Lonnie. I feel like he should be the fifth of our DBs drafted this year, but there’s no doubt he can still have a very productive pro career.