Today is the day for Ute cornerback Jaylon Johnson. The NFL draft starts today at 6 p.m. MDT with the first round, which you can watch on ABC, ESPN or the NFL Network. One player that could hear his name called in the first round is Johnson. Leading up to the draft, Johnson had to adjust to pre-draft meetings being held over FaceTime, as he detailed to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.
Utah CB Jaylon Johnson can keep a poker face and is not afraid of a challenge. You will want to hear which NFL stud WR he wants to face - because he respects his game so much. pic.twitter.com/u4LhvYtrWw— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) April 21, 2020
“Honestly, its kinda a lot like the questions we got out of the combine, but just through the phone. I mean that’s the only difference, that’s the only kind of thing that you got to get adjusted to and FaceTiming. Your potential bosses FaceTiming, people in power. So, I mean, it’s just different rather than FaceTiming your friends. But honestly it’s been, it’s been good conversation about who I am, who they are as an organization and things like that. So, I mean, it’s just very educational for me and for them as well. But I mean, it’s a pretty smooth process that’s been trying to control the best I can,” Johnson said.
The NFL receiver that Johnson most wants to face is Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers. Last season, Adams was named to his third-straight Pro Bowl with 997 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 12 regular-season games, missing part of the season due to injury. In two playoff games for Green Bay, Adams had 298 receiving yards and two touchdowns as the Packers reached the NFC Championship.
“Just the way he creates separation, his releases off the line, the way he runs his routes. He’s a very elite route runner, so I mean, just to go against that caliber of a guy to see how good I am, to see how close I can stay to him and being able to make plays on him will be big,” Johnson said of Adams.
Depending on who he gets drafted by, Johnson could soon end up lined up across from Adams.