Coverage Spacing -Like his burst and range, can cover a lot of space in the intermediate areas and shows good angular attack of routes sitting down in his peripherals as QBs guide him to the throw. Will get tossed around in the contact window vs. big slots and TEs.
Acceleration -Pretty rangy. I like his explosiveness in his first step and when dropping an foot and driving forward into the play. Long speed is just as good, although his usage in the deeper areas of the field was more sparing than you'd expect.
Tackling -Plays aggressive and puts a lot of force into his pads. That said, he can get pushed backwards by powerful backs, even if he has leverage on the play. Like his awareness to get down around the legs and lasso a ball carrier. Reliable run defender in the D-gap to force a cut.
Zone Coverage Skills -For such a free mover, you'd expect a little more promptness to attack throws. That said, anticipatory qualities never progressed from 2017 and his late reaction skills as the ball flashes across his face further amplify the issue.
Ball Skills - Lack of wingspan and pedestrian anticipation of route combinations makes for a pretty slight set of opportunities. Has let the ball eat him up and get on top of him too quickly, missing more than one chance to make a splash play.
Competitive Toughness -Effort level is there, he's been seen working off the back-side of plays and pursuing 10+ yards down the field. Tackling power is only modest and his functional strength leaves something to be desired, he got run over vs. blockers in the box.
Flexibility -Like his ability to carry speed through corners, which is aided by lower body lean and ability to drop the hips low to carry momentum. His hip hinge is effective and his feet show comfort in playing away from his center of gravity under his hips.
Feet/Change of Direction -He's pretty twitched up. He can dart across the face of a receiver as a blocker with little issue and he's shown he can undercut a play and still get home thanks to good initial spring and athleticism. His transitions in space are compact and sufficient.
Man Coverage Skills -A good open field athlete, he's much more pedestrian when having to play direct coverage on receivers. He doesn't show a lot of confidence in his hip swerve to get up the field and run with receivers. Is late to break and react on patterns in front of his face.
Versatility -He's been played all over and ultimately think he's a sub-package guy only. His coverage restrictions and modest physical tools to occupy space make him a tough sell to play in the secondary in high snap percentages.
BEST TRAIT - Acceleration
WORST TRAIT - Ball Skills
BEST FILM - Virginia(2018)
WORST FILM - LSU (2018)
RED FLAGS - None
Jaquan Johnson is a bit frustrating study, given his clear physical tools and tackling discipline to make an impact but his struggles to deal with physical play from blockers in the box and receivers in coverage. Johnson's best projection is likely as a nickel and dime defender, where his tackling can supplement and aid vs. the run and his speed can allow him to constantly work in space as a zone pass defender. Niche player but definitely an NFL contributor on defense.