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Author Topic: S Rashad Johnson, Bama  (Read 614 times)
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« on: Apr 12, 2009 at 10:14 »

PFT reports we're bringing him in, haven't had time to check the usual outlets.  Excellent prospect IMO.  If anyone wants to update, please do, otherwise I'll try to later.

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 12, 2009 at 13:53 »

Here's what they had at ESPN courtesy of Scouts Inc.

5'11", 203 lbs

Grade: 85

Position Rank:  2

2004: Alabama red shirts Johnson. 2005: Johnson plays in all 12 games on special teams. 2006: Johnson starts four of the 11 games he appears in. 2007: Johnson starts all 13 games accumulating 94 tackles, one sack, eight passes broken up and one forced fumble. He ties Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore for the SEC lead in interceptions with six. 2008: Johnson starts all 14 games accumulating 89 tackles including five tackles-for-loss and one sack. He intercepts five passes, he breaks up 11 passes, he recovers a fumble and he forces a fumble. Johnson earns first team All-SEC honors in 2008.

Adequate height, bulk and top-end speed.

2006: Misses the final two games of the season with an ankle injury

Former walk on that was named a team captain in 2007. Earned University of Alabama's Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2007. Shared the 2008 Mal Moore Leadership Award with center Antoine Caldwell for his performance during spring practices. However, charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly knocking down a security guard at a Tuscaloosa bar early in the morning of February 25, 2008. Released on $500 bond and criminal charges will be dropped if Johnson meets the requirements of a plea bargain, which included community service and a public apology.

Recognition Skills/Toughness
Reads keys and locates the ball quickly. Does an excellent job of reading quarterbacks' eyes and routes. Fills hard when reads run but doesn't have a lot of experience lining up in the box and upper body strength is just adequate.

Closing Burst
Much better closing burst than 40-time indicates, tracks the ball well and capable of making up a lot of ground when the ball is in the air but doesn't always take sound angles to the ball after the catch and can create seam for receiver to break long run. (see first quarter of 2008 Clemson game)

Doesn't sink hips low enough and occasionally a quarter-count late coming transitioning out of backpedal as a result. Does not have a great deal of experience in man-to-man coverage and tight ends are going to give him problems because of size. However, has quick feet and opens hips fairly well. Covers a lot of ground when asked to play a centerfielder-type role.

Ball Skills
Aggressive and not afraid to jump routes. Times jumps well and can catch the ball at its highest point but occasionally drops pass should catch. (see first quarter of the 2008 Clemson game)

Run Support
Frequently lined up at the high point and run support usually secondary concern as a result but willing run stopper that flies to the ball when reads run. Adequate tackler that can latch on and wrestle ball carriers to the ground but doesn't always take sound pursuit angles and has some problems wrapping up when doesn't get into sound position. Can get engulfed and does not project as an in-the-box safety in the NFL.

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