Since most of the people here already know the household names of the first day CB's (Jenkins, Davis, Alphonso Smith, DJ Moore, Macho Harris, Sean Smith etc.) I want to take a look at a little known small school prospect that is projected for the second day of the draft.
Enter Domonique Johnson. Comparisons will begin to fly between him and Rodgers-Cromartie in Arizona the minute Johnson runs the 40 at the combine, but there's more to him than that. Yes, he's from a 1-AA (FCS for those who care about the new designation) school, Jackson State. But he spent two seasons at Mizzou before transferring. The school never disclosed the exact reasons, but it's rumored that it was issues between he and the coaching staff. But the DRC comparison doesn't stop at the "small school prospect" tag.
He comes in at 6'2 195, which is great size for a CB, and he's plenty big enough to be converted to a safety (ala Antrell Rolle) if necessary. He has low 4.3 speed, and has a terrific recovery burst. If he runs a low 4.3 at the combine, he could skyrocket up many team's draft boards, but at the moment he's projected between the 3rd and 4th rounds.
His 2 seasons at Jackson St. were about what you'd expect for a top talent at the 1-AA level. He tallied 5 interceptions in each season, and deflected 14 balls as a Junior and 13 as a Senior. I don't have the numbers, but I'm going to assume he wasn't targeted all that often, based on him being the best cover guy on the Jackson St. squad.
- Great size for a corner.
- Long arms and great reach.
- Impressive speed and quickness.
- Good, fluid hips and solid footwork and technique
- Aggressive and physical, not afraid to come up and make a strong tackle.
- Great hands and ball skills, and terrific instincts in coverage.
- Versatile, can be moved around between CB and FS.
- Has clashed with coaches before, so character may be an issue.
- Sometimes is too aggressive and bites on pump fakes and double moves.
- Needs work on his backpeddle.
- Has had minor knee and shoulder injuries in the past.
- Might need some time to make the jump between 1-AA and the NFL.
I believe that once the combine is over, he'll be given a 3rd round grade. He's got the potential to be a top tier CB in the mold of Antonio Cromartie or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (if only his name was Cromartie), but he's a bit raw and may not take to the speed of the game immediately. But, as they say, you can't coach size and speed, and he has both. So what do you guys think of him?