by Greg Gabriel, Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert
Taron Johnson – Cornerback – Weber State
Size –5’11” – 192 lbs – 4.50 40 yard dash
Strong Points –Good athlete, quick with loose hips and good change of direction. Adequate deep speed. Can play man or zone and shows top cover skills versus FCS level players. Held his own in the Sr. Bowl. Has the suddenness needed to play corner in the NFL. Transitions quickly. Has very good ball reactions and ball skills. Plays the run well and is a sure tackler.
Weak Points –Plays at a lower level of comp. Not have a big frame and I doubt he can get any bigger. Will lose the matchup against big physical receivers. Doesn’t have the deep speed to consistently cover speed guys deep. While quick and sudden, he isn’t explosive.
Summation –Taron has been a starter since midway through his true freshman year. He shows dominating ability versus a lower level of comp. At 5’11 – 190, he is maxed out and I doubt he will get any bigger. Taron is a quicker than fast guy who with the hips, feet and suddenness needed to play against the smaller, quick receivers in the NFL. He can play man or zone equally well and has very good ball reactions and ball skills. Overall, he is best suited to play in the slot. Doesn’t have the speed or size to match up well if he has to play outside. Has the talent and instincts to eventually become a starting slot corner. Coming from the FCS level he will need a year to adjust to the NFL game but the upside is there. His floor is that he is not better than a clubs fourth corner.