12. S John Johnson
Of course, if Washington wants to go big or go home at safety, they could target the best one available on the market.
Johnson has to be happy that Marcus Williams, Marcus Maye, and Justin Simmons were all slapped with the franchise tag. That has cleared the path for him to be the best safety on the market without a doubt.
Johnson can play both safety spots at a high level. With the Rams, he largely served as a strong safety, and he has two 100+ tackle seasons to his credit. That said, he has the range, athleticism, and ball skills needed to play the free safety spot.
Over the course of his career, Johnson has averaged two interceptions and eight pass defenses per year. Put him next to guys like Kam Curl and Landon Collins, and you would have three potential playmakers at the safety spot — if Collins can regain his form after an Achilles injury and a down four-game stretch prior to his injury last year.
Johnson won’t come cheap, but he could be the answer that Washington needs at the free safety spot. And, my goodness, have they been looking for an answer there for a long time.