Houston Cougars cornerback Isaiah Johnson will visit the Denver Broncos ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. What does he bring to the table?
The Denver Broncos don’t have a huge need at the cornerback position, but with Brendan Langley moving back to his natural position at wide receiver, are they in the market for another converted receiver at the position in the 2019 NFL Draft?
All joking aside, the Broncos will reportedly host Isaiah Johnson, Houston’s speedy, athletic cornerback and former wide receiver, for a pre-draft visit.
Johnson is a fun player to watch, even if he’s a little bit raw.
The senior started 22 games at cornerback for the Cougars after playing the first two years of his career as a backup receiver, catching just 21 passes.
The switch over to cornerback likely provided him a career in the NFL, but there’s some development that needs to happen yet.
Athletically, this kid is a freak.
He’s slightly taller than 6-foot-2, which is rare already for the cornerback position (in the 95th percentile for defensive backs, in general) and is built well at 208 pounds.
Johnson ran a 4.40 at the Scouting Combine with that size profile and tested incredibly well otherwise. He posted a 36.5-inch vertical jump, 133-inch broad jump, and a massive 79 1/8 inch wingspan.
When you watch Johnson at Houston, you see a player who can press with his size but also close on the football with rare reactive speed.
The Denver Broncos may be out of the market for cornerbacks until day three of the Draft, but that seems like the sweet spot for a guy like this. The Broncos have two selections in the fifth round and a player like Johnson who could help immediately on special teams and develop into a starting caliber corner down the line is great value there.
The Broncos haven’t had any reported pre-draft visits with other defensive backs at the time of this writing, but Johnson is a fun player who would be a high upside pickup for them.