Josh Johnson: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Purdue Cornerback

Rick Devereux@rick_devereuxContributor IIApril 27, 2013

Josh Johnson: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Purdue Cornerback

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    Josh Johnson may not have been a big name bantered around before the draft, partly due to lack of big interception numbers and partly due to lack of ideal size.

    “Jay-Jay,” however, is a tough customer who wants to go against the opposing No. 1 receiver every week.

    Johnson has the attitude NFL teams love to see and his work ethic could earn him a spot on a roster for Sunday games.


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    Full Name: Joshua Lutrail Johnson

    Birthday: Sept. 10, 1990

    Hometown: Dade City, Fla.

    High School: Pasco High School

    Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision

    Year: Senior

    Jay-Jay and his Pasco High School teammates advanced to the Florida semifinals his senior year. He also had 32 receptions for 466 yards with nine touchdowns and 204 rushing yards on 39 carries as a senior.


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    2009: 11 games, 4 total tackles

    2010: 12 games, 53 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 6 pass deflections

    2011: 13 games, 64 total tackles, 0 sacks, 2 INT, 9 pass deflections

    2012: 13 games, 65 total tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT, 16 pass deflections

    Johnson was Academic All-Big Ten in 2010 and 2011 and was selected by the media as second-team All-Big Ten and by the coaches as All-Big Ten honorable mention his senior year.

Draft Process

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    Height: 5’9”

    Weight: 199 lbs

    Arm Length: 30 3/8”

    Hand size: 9 1/4"

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.65 sec

    225 bench press: 16 reps

    Vertical jump: 35.0”

    Broad jump: 114.0”

    3-cone drill: 6.99 sec

    20-yard shuttle: 4.25 sec

    60-yard shuttle: 11.51

    Pro Day Results

    According to, Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in the “4.4 range” during his pro day.

    His 11.51 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine was the same as Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer, tied for the fourth-fastest time among prospects in Indianapolis.

    All stats via

Interesting Facts

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    Jay-Jay was also a top baseball prospect in high school. He was named one of the top 100 juniors in the nation after leading the Tampa Bay area in home runs. He focused on football because he thought baseball was too boring.

    Green Bay Packers defensive end Ryan Pickett is Johnson’s cousin.

    When he was five years old, Johnson received third-degree burns over 35 percent of his body after a pot of boiling water was accidentally spilled on him. Doctors thought he may never walk again. He was bed-ridden for three-and-a-half weeks.


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    Johnson could end up being a contributor for an NFL team on dime packages and special teams. His size and speed will limit is opportunities as a starting cornerback, though. says Johnson is “comfortable in man coverage and was left on an island at Purdue.” says he is an “aware zone defender.”

    Johnson is solid in run support and not afraid of bigger receivers, but he will most likely be a situational player in the pros.


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