Technique is both strength and weakness for Trumaine Johnson.
I see plenty of things to praise in his technique. He stays low in his stance and his back pedal and keeps his feet shuffling low to the ground, so as not to waste time. He uses the proper footwork on his "T" breaks and slant breaks. He shows the ability to use proper press technique.
He's a very heady player who does a good job disguising his bail technique so that the quarterback cannot key it before the snap. He also excels in play recognition, identifying assignments and being decisive in certain situations.
However, the consistency in all this is not necessarily there.
My praise for his press technique was faint and technical, noting that he shows the "ability" to do it right. The fact of the matter is, he does not always do it right. Far too often he ends up using his inside hand on the jam, which enables the receiver to slap it away and get a clean go.
Perhaps more worrisome is the fact his breaks-out-of-bail technique are consistently slow and do not show a high level of anticipation, nor the quick hips you desire at the position. Additionally, his "T" breaks, while technically correct, come off at times uncontrolled and unbalanced, which makes them slower.
His tackling technique is similarly mixed. He leads well with proper pad level to produce maximum strength with his lengthy frame. However, he is not yet a consistent wrap-up tackler, and this has led to some tackling gaffes.
Ultimately it is the clunky hip-turning on his breaks that could be the difference between a career as a successful pro corner or an unsuccessful one.
However, this player has a unique set of skills and characteristics that make me wonder if he could move to safety in the event that he is unsuccessful at corner.
He played a lot of bail technique in college, which got him used to seeing the field and reading the quarterback, reading the play. As a result, he often breaks on footballs that are not thrown into his coverage.
He is a physical player with the makings of a good tackler if he can clean up his technique a little. He has enough speed to be considered a safety with range. His experience in man coverage at the college level would prove valuable at the safety position in the NFL.