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NFL Draft Profile: CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah Utes – Chicago Bears

PHOTO: Porte Larsen (@Larsen_ESPN)

JAYLON JOHNSON, CB – UTAH: Second Round, 50th pick, Chicago Bears

A second-team All-American and 2x All-Pac-12 selection, Jaylon Johnson is the 6th CB off the board in 2020. A press coverage specialist, Jaylon allowed just three scores in his three seasons as a starter for the Utes. His blend of size, athleticism and physicality make him an intriguing prospect. But it’s his ability to recognize tendencies and read QB’s that separates him from the field. Johnson touts terrific length and physicality to play press coverage, meaning he’ll likely have the most success if paired with a pressure-driven defensive system. Seemingly a decent fit in Chicago.

A MAN WITH A PLAN: Jaylon Johnson’s time on The Hill(Via Utah Athletics)

UTAH: 2019 All-American … two-time first-team All-Pac-12 cornerback (2018-19) … played in 38 career games with 29 starts … seven career interceptions and 28 career passes defended … 21 career pass breakups ranked tied for 10th all-time at Utah … two-time Pac-12 All-Academic.

2019: Earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and the AP … also earned second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and USA Today and third-team honors from Pro Football Focus and Phil Steele … first-team All-Pac-12 … started 13 games at left corner, missing the bowl game after declaring for the NFL Draft … ranked third in the Pac-12 and led Utah with 11 pass breakups … fourth in the league in passes defended (13) and passes defended per game (1.00) … two interceptions … 36 tackles (1.0 TFL) … tied career high with eight tackles (1.0 TFL) and had two pass breakups against Oregon State … an interception and two pass breakups vs. Washington State … five tackles with a pass breakup vs. Colorado … four tackles and a pass breakup against BYU … three tackles vs. Washington and returned an interception 39 for his second career touchdown … first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District … Pac-12 All-Academic.

2018–First-team All-Pac-12 … started all 14 games at corner … four interceptions led Utah and tied for third in the Pac-12 … second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation with 126 interception return yards … four pass breakups … 41 tackles (2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack) … career-high eight tackles (1.0 TFL) and a pass breakup against Northern Illinois … named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown against Stanford for just the third 100-yard interception return in Utah’s history … also had seven tackles vs. the Cardinal … five tackles and an interception against Arizona State … an interception and three tackles against USC … an interception with a 21-yard return and two tackles vs. Colorado … two pass breakups vs. Washington in the Pac-12 Championship game … first-team Pac-12 All-Academic.

2017–Played in all 12 regular season games with two starts (Arizona, Washington) … missed the bowl game following surgery … tied for the team lead with six pass breakups and second on the team in passes defended (7) … 25 tackles … season-high six tackles vs. Washington State and Washington … four tackles and a pass breakup against Arizona State … three tackles against Arizona … one interception, two pass breakups and a tackle against BYU.

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  • Porter Larsen is in his fifth year with ESPN700, covering the Utah Jazz and University of Utah Athletics on-air, online and on the sidelines. Larsen is the Executive Producer of The Drive as well as the host of Utes Game Day and After the Whistle on ESPN700. Before 700, Porter served as the voice of DSU athletics on X91.3fm and CECTV broadcasts as well as beat writing for the Sun News in St. George, Utah.

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