The Bears have selected Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
A two-year starter with 7 career interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 2019, Johnson brings a lengthy 6-foot, 193-pound frame and likely projects as Chicago’s starting boundary cornerback, with Kyle Fuller playing alongside him on the field side. He joins the likes of Kevin Toliver, Tre Roberson and Artie Burns as competition for that other outside starting position, though Johnson’s upside far exceeds those of his more experienced teammates.
To preview what the Bears could have in store with the second of their Round 2 selections, I provided a quick preview through a thread on Twitter, and I hope that it gets you as all excited about this selection as I am.
THREAD: Utah CB Jaylon Johnson is the No. 50 pick for the #Bears, and I’m a big fan of this selection.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Johnson has good ball skills and does a great job of adjusting to the ball in the air. He tracks down the ball well and looks like a receiver when high-pointing a jump ball. pic.twitter.com/UbAHy3LrsJ— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
I really like what Johnson offers in man coverage, particularly in press. He’s a physical and competitive CB who can jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and fight through contact when the ball’s in the air. pic.twitter.com/jcMGlCiaqO— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Johnson isn’t afraid of getting into the frame of his opponents. At 6-0 and 193 pounds, he has good length and has some solid play strength in his frame. He also brings good hip fluidity and burst coming out of his breaks. pic.twitter.com/lgfc8Qtfdi— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
I think Johnson is a perfect replacement for Prince Amukamara for the #Bears. He complements Kyle Fuller very well, and I think he can develop into a high-end starter quickly in his career. pic.twitter.com/4LMIB3wJ4Q— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
What do you guys think about this pick? Let me know in the comments, or you can reply in the Twitter threads listed above.
For even more on Jaylon Johnson, check out this mini-podcast from Robert Schmitz and his two special guests, our Lead Draft Analyst Jacob Infante and our Senior Draft Analyst EJ Snyder!