Round 3, Pick 82: S Jamar Johnson, Indiana
Jamar Johnson is one of the most underrated players in the draft this year. Other safties like Trevon Moehrig, Richie Grant, and Jevon Holland get a fair amount of attention, and rightfully so, but Johnson is no slouch.
To make up for his middling athleticism, Johnson is an extremely smart and instinctive player. He understands coverages well and uses this knowledge to help bait the quarterbacks into throws he wants them to make. He did this a few times against Justin Fields this year, totaling two interceptions against Ohio State.
Johnson also showed the potential to be a decent man-to-man cover safety. He held his own against some Big Ten tight ends. And at 6-foot-1, 197 pounds, he can come into the box and be physical.
Johnson does not wow you with athleticism. His advanced feel in coverage on the back-end combined with an ability to hold his own in man coverage as well as to be physical in the run game makes him a very versatile safety. He is solid at many things, but he’s best at being a back-end zone defender.
Johnson projects as a starting free safety in the Jack Del Rio defense. He would be a good partner for Kam Curl at safety.