Johnson (5-foot-11, 203 pounds) is an intelligent player with excellent instincts, allowing him to often be in the right place at the right time. He is also renowned for his work ethic and will be an immediate contributor on special teams.
The Chargers are determined to upgrade the safety position after last year's fiasco in which Clinton Hart failed to intercept a pass and Eric Weddle ran hot and cold. Backups Paul Oliver and Steve Gregory are unproven converted cornerbacks, although Oliver possesses substantial upside.
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What would the Chargers get if they tab Johnson? We ask the man himself.
Brad Wilbricht: As a former walk-on running back, what has allowed you to become an elite safety prospect?
Rashad Johnson: Hard work and setting goals. Sticking to those goals with the help of people around me, especially my family. Listening to what coaches tell me and working until I became one of the top safties in the SEC.
BW: What was it like playing for Nick Saban. Do you feel like it gives you an advantage playing for a coach that came from the NFL?
RJ: Definitely. He came in and put in his system and schemes; it was so complex. He taught me things for the next level. I had to learn a lot.
BW: Where do you see yourself fitting in at the NFL level? Is there a cover scheme that you feel you'd be a good fit in?
RJ: I'm a guy who can pretty much do anything. We played several different coverages at Alabama -- Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3 and quarters.
BW: How has the draft process gone so far? Is it what you expected?
RJ: No surprises. It's a process you can't really prepare for. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. Just looking forward to this weekend.
BW: Do you have any draft-day plans?
RJ: I'm going to be in my home town surrounded by my friends and family.
BW: Have any teams expressed more interest than others?
RJ: I've worked out for the Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and have gotten a lot of calls from the Chicago Bears. Those are the teams who have shown the most interest.