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Montana’s Trumaine Johnson: Redskins next project?


With LaRon Landry’s health in question from the Achilles injury two years ago that is still giving him problems, it makes you wonder what’s next for the Redskins secondary. Carlos Rogers leaving for San Francisco didn’t help either. You have to notice the huge void left in that part of the defense. After last year’s draft, we can safely say that the front seven is pretty solid. But the back four is an issue. Especially when facing teams with huge receivers and/or oversized tight ends. There’s no one on this squad to cover them.

The bigger problem is, since the greatest need is a quarterback in the upcoming draft, you can’t really see them drafting a defensive back with that first round pick. Maybe a good idea would be to draft someone in the second or third round who could be flexible enough to play safety or corner but big and fast enough to cover the Gronkowskis and Dez Bryants of today’s NFL.

The only person I can see that could fit that category would be Montana’s Trumaine Johnson. Recruited as a wide receiver out of high school, he was asked to convert to corner the second day of practice at UM. Over the past four years, he finishes with 15 interceptions, 11 kick returns for 178 yds (22.3 yds/return average). Not to mention he was selected as an AP FCS First Team All-American this past season. He’s probably a bit of a raw talent, but could be worth the pick for the size… 6’3″ 210 lbs, running a 4.48 40 yd dash. He could be a guy the Skins could grow into a dominating defensive back.

Not to mention, he could also solve an issue to have that extra wideout on the team. If you check out Johnson’s highlights, some of the acrobatic interceptions he makes sparks a thought as to why Montana didn’t play him at wide receiver more. A multi-dimensional guy with the size that is becoming more necessary at the DB position… I’d say get him to work on his speed and add a few pounds to that frame, throw in a few games of experience, the investment could pay off in as little as a year.

Write the check, Danny.

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