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With the 50th overall selection, the Chicago Bears selected Jaylon Johnson, cornerback, Utah State. Now Kristen Fulton was available and slipped well past where a lot of people thought he would be drafted. Honestly, I had a first-round grade on Jaylon Johnson and thought he was already selected.

I for sure thought he would have been gone by the 50th overall selection. I was pounding the table for Kristian Fulton or Trevon Diggs and then saw Jaylon Johnson’s name go across the board. Ryan Pace talked about how this is a deep draft but never indulged in where he could take advantage.  The odd part is how the Chicago Bears added to the tight end and cornerback rooms significantly during free agency, yet drafted both of those positions with their first two draft picks.

I wouldn’t doubt for a second that that was part of the plan. Jaylon Johnson has some medical flags with having a should a shoulder issue. He did perform through his 2019 season, and the NFL combine with his injury. Johnson did get surgery on his tear after the NFL combine.

Jaylon Johnson improved each year on his PFF grade, going from a 72.7 to 80.5 to 83.8.  Ryan Pace brought up how he wanted to find intelligent players. I will get more into that another day. A play that sticks out for every scout about Johnson was when he picked off Washington quarterback Jacob Eason. Johnson was lined up against the red zone crusher, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, on a fade route. Johnson later shared how he studied the film and knew that play was coming.

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Johnson is a physical corner that likes to get his hands on players early. While performing at the Opening Finals camp, Johnson put on a combine performance that topped his NFL combine performance. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and had a 38″ vertical jump.

His performance was slightly less at the NFL combine but not by much. Johnson might not see the field right away due to coach Nagy wanting rookies to earn their way on the field. But once Johnson gets his crack at it, he will likely hold on and never turn back.