Nov 26, 2011; Norman, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones cornerback Leonard Johnson (23) in action against the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Draft Prospects: Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State

Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 196 lbs
Arm Length: 28 3/4″
Hand Size: 8″
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.15 sec
3 Cone Drill: 6.96 sec
40 Yard Dash: 4.65 sec
60 Yard Shuttle: 11.4 sec
Bench Press: 15 reps
Broad Jump: 120″
Vertical Jump: 32″

NFL Mocks breaks down Leonard Johnson’s game into pros and cons like this:

Does a good job of jamming the wide receiver at the line to re-route him,…Really solid technique, especially coming from a smaller school…good body control and makes a lot of plays on the football, though his hands could be better…fluid hips..and a plus open field tackler…really uses the sideline to his advantage well to force smaller windows for the QB…willing tackler in the open field….competitive…durable hasn’t missed any games due to injuries, even though he was carted off the field one game he returned the next game…thick built..has some kick return ability.

Shorter than ideal height…does not have elite straight line speed…Needs a lot of improvement in the run game in both terms of getting off blocks from wide receivers and tackling.

Leonard Johnson isn’t the biggest and he isn’t the fastest but he didn’t let that get in the way of his production at the college level. He’s fluid and shows some quickness despite his overall lack of speed. Johnson has the ability to play man and zone coverages equally well and can line up on the outside or the slot. The Lions are looking for versatile corners and Leonard Johnson might be as good as it gets compared to other day three cornerback choices.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft Detroit Lions Iowa State Leonard Johnson

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