Texas A&M safety Antonio Johnson will perform at his Pro Day on Tuesday. It’s a big day for Johnson, who possesses an opportunity to improve on his NFL Scouting Combine performance. Johnson ran a solid 4.52 in the 40 with a 1.57 10-yard split but could manage to improve his explosiveness testing numbers. Johnson recorded a disappointing 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-10-inch broad jump.
There’s no denying Johnson’s tape. Johnson is an instinctive defender that plays an extremely physical brand of football. A versatile defensive chess piece, Johnson lined up in the slot, as a split-zone safety, and even played some linebacker inside the box. Johnson will be a valuable addition to any NFL defense.
NFL decision-makers will be in attendance to watch Johnson and his teammates like Devon Achane and Jaylon Jones perform. We’ve identified the four best potential fits for Antonio Johnson.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Packers suffered through abysmal safety play during the 2022 campaign. General manager Brian Gutekunst has guaranteed sweeping changes at the position. Veteran free agent Adrian Amos has visited the Baltimore Ravens and isn’t expected back at Lambeau Field next season.
Gutekunst signed Tarvarius Moore to a one-year contract worth a bit more than the league veteran minimum. Moore shouldn’t be handed a starting role. Darnell Savage also remains in Green Bay, but Savage was benched for poor stretches of play throughout 2022. The Packers desperately require starting-caliber safeties. Johnson is an excellent fit.
The Bengals lost Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell in free agency. Duke Tobin was somewhat prepared for Bates’ inevitable departure. The Bengals drafted Dax Hill and Tycen Anderson last season and Tobin also signed former Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott to a three-year contract worth $12 million.
But both Hill and Anderson are unproven commodities. Tobin must add more depth and competition to his overall safety group. Johnson is a sharp processor that could immediately contend for significant playing time in Cincinnati’s transitioning defensive backfield.
The Cowboys did well to re-sign Donovan Wilson, but more is required at the position. Both Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker are entering contract seasons in 2023 and the Cowboys may want to start laying down a succession plan. The Joneses routinely plan ahead when analyzing their roster.
The Cowboys had a front-row seat to Johnson’s greatness at Texas A&M. Johnson is an outstanding tackler and overall tone-setter. The Cowboys would appreciate his aggressive mentality.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
The Raiders allowed a 29th-ranked 242.9 passing yards per contest in 2022. Defensively, they were hopeless against their high-octane division rival Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. Stopping the pass is a crucial key to victory in the competitive AFC West.
General manager Dave Ziegler signed former Philadelphia Eagles safety Marcus Epps in free agency. Tre’Von Moehrig is still acclimating to Patrick Graham’s defense. There are questions about the new-look duo of Epps and Moehrig, and the depth behind them is essentially non-existent. The Raiders should utilize a top-100 selection on a safety with Johnson’s abilities.
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