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What about Chris Johnson?


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Insider Analysis

Grade 67

Expert's Take Johnson had his most productive season as a pro, earning him seven starts in 2008. He is an excellent combination of size, strength and speed. Johnson is a good compliment opposite Nnambi Asomugha with the Raiders fielding two corners with great size and speed. He doesn't have great lateral agility and quickness and is best in a press position. Johnson has length and strength to reroute receivers off the line of scrimmage, but he needs to learn to use his size advantage better. He has improved his route recognition and reactions as plays unfold. Johnson leveraged the ball better in 2008 and appears to have settled into Oakland's defensive scheme. He isn't a physical run-support player and needs to improve his ability to wrap-up ball-carriers in the open field. He tends to dive at the feet of ball-carriers and misses too often in space. Johnson has tools to be a solid contributor both as a corner and special teams player, but he should be further along in his run support techniques. In the right scheme -- rolled up as a Cover 2 corner or playing an aggressive press man techniques -- he can be an effective defender.

He would add a bit of experience to our young CBs. Not a sure fire number 1, but he could definitely compete. It would definitely shore up our secondary situation (losing Foxy) and let us go another direction in the first round.

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