5 things to know about Buffalo Bills pick Taron Johnson
ORCHARD PARK – In the fourth round of the NFL Draft, with the 121st overall pick, the Bills selected cornerback Taron Johnson of Weber State.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pounder was the 2017 Big Sky defensive player of the year and was also an All-American pick as he made three interceptions last season, along with 49 tackles.
This seems awful high for Johnson, a player who was ranked as a seventh-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. In his overview, Rob Rang said, “Questions about Johnson's size and speed could dog him throughout the pre-draft process, but he certainly was a star in the Big Sky, proving a difference-maker once he stepped onto the field. His lack of ideal bulk could push him inside to nickel corner. but this could be a blessing in disguise as he possesses the quickness, instincts and physicality needed for success there.”
Here are five things to know about him:
1. His older sister, Treana, earned All-American honors at BYU as a track and field athlete, and Taron has often said that since he was three years old he was always chasing after her accomplishments.
2. His mother, Trina Johnson, passed away in 2005 due to breast cancer. “I really didn’t understand what happened at that time,” Johnson told his hometown newspaper, the Sacramento Bee. “I was really shocked. I definitely miss her. I ask my dad and my sister about her to get a better memory. I can feel her, though.”
3. Johnson helped Weber State to a school-record 11 victories and the 2017 Big Sky championship. He became just the fourth player in school history to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
4. He received only one scholarship offer coming out of high school in Sacramento, but he went on to become a four-year starter at Weber State and a unanimous all-conference pick. He left Weber State as the school’s all-time leader with 41 pass breakups.
5. He was recruited as a wide receiver in high school, but he did not test very well, and when he got to college, he was switched to cornerback. He seems like a good bet to compete for the Bills’ nickel cornerback position.
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