By Thomas Gibbons
After parting ways with starting cornerback Prince Amukamara, the Bears had a hole at cornerback. Jaylon Johnson will now join Kevin Toliver and Artie Burns in competition for the starting job opposite Kyle Fuller.
Johnson stands at 6 ft, 193 lbs combined with his athleticism and length to excel at the position at the next level. From his NFL Draft profile via NFL.com
Boundary bully with an improving skill set to clamp down on WR1s and limit their exposure to the football. Johnson is built for press, with the size, length and athleticism to force receivers to work harder getting into their routes. His eagerness to stay tight to the route leads to inconsistent balance and positioning from time to time, but his foot quickness and agility allow for rapid recoveries. He’s equipped to play the deep ball but needs to fully prove himself in that area. He’s a physical press corner with off-man ability whose anticipation and ball skills should continue to help him make plays as a CB1 and first-round pick.
I was very high on Trevon Diggs from Alabama and he was still on the board for the Bears at pick 50. But Johnson is a very good cornerback too. He checks the boxes of athleticism, ball skills, and physicality at the line of scrimmage.