Chicago Bears: 4 Bold predictions for Week 1 vs Detroit Lions
Jaylon Johnson will record his first career interception
Most NFL fans were likely looking forward to seeing Jeff Okudah start this game versus the Chicago Bears. Afterall, Okudah was the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. As of now, it seems that Okudah is not likely to start let alone play.
On the Bears side, the slightly lesser-known corner Jaylon Johnson will actually be starting on the outside opposite of Kyle Fuller. Johnson had first-round talent but his injury history kept many teams from considering him that high. The Chicago Bears took Johnson 50th overall with their second, second-round pick.
If you look at their college numbers, Johnson actually had more sustained success. Each played three years yet Johnson had seven interceptions, including two for touchdowns, while Okudah only had three. Even from a pass deflection standpoint, Johnson had 21 to Okudah’s 18. I am not trying to say Johnson is a better prospect than Okudah or even downplay Okudah’s talent. However, I do think Johnson has the talent and opportunity to become just as good, if not better, NFL player.
With Kenny Golladay doubtful for today’s game, Johnson will have a slightly easier day. He will likely see his fair share of time covering Marvin Jones, but Danny Amendola, Quintez Cephus, Jamal Agnew and Marvin Hall should not scare too many defenses. T.J. Hockenson playing tight end is much scarier, but Johnson is not likely to be lined up against Hockenson one-on-one at all today. Stafford likes to throw into tight windows and this could lead to Johnson’s first career interception.