Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
6-foot-1, 204 pounds
Draft projection: third round
Lowdown: Johnson is the kind of big corner teams are looking for against today’s taller receivers. He’s an athlete with size. Is he fast enough to make the jump against top NFL wideouts? That's the question. He ran a slow 40-yard dash time of 4.61 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Johnson is a California native who starred at quarterback in high school and then was recruited as a wide receiver by colleges. He had feelers from Arizona State, California and Southern Cal, but none made him a scholarship offer. He didn’t want to go to a junior college, so he picked Montana. On his second day of practice as a freshman, he was converted to cornerback, where he started for four years. He’s physical against the run to the outside and he shows toughness. As a sophomore he played six games with a broken ulna bone in his arm. Expect the team that drafts him to start him out at cornerback. If he can’t quite hold up, then he can move to free safety. Johnson said he is not related to the man of the same name who played receiver for the Buffalo Bills in the late 1980s. Johnson is the kind of cornerback the Bills could be looking for in the middle rounds - if they're satisfied his playing speed is good enough.
Johnson says he will play any position: “When I say anywhere on the field, I mean water boy, I mean receiver, cornerback, safety, lineman. Whatever you need me to do, I'm going to do it.”