Rams select safety John Johnson with 91st overall pick

Los Angeles added more depth to the secondary with the former Boston College product.

The Los Angeles Rams ended their second day of the 2017 NFL Draft with the selection of former Boston College safety John Johnson with the 91st overall pick. 

Johnson strong together a productive collegiate career being the full-time starter over the last two seasons. It was capped off by a standout senior year in 2016 recording 77 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and nine pass deflections. 

He has developed into a dependable defensive back that possesses the combination of athleticism and coverage skills that could translate to him also playing at cornerback if see fit under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. 

“I think I fit best as a safety, although I think I have a corner body type,” he said during a teleconference with reporters, according to the LA Times. “I came into Boston College as a corner, and I like covering man to man. I like covering the intermediate zone… but I think I would fit best as a safety.”

The Rams lacked dependable coverage options in the secondary last season beyond Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner. His addition could see him compete for playing time at both cornerback and safety. He will most likely nab time at safety due to the lack of depth at the positions with Maurice Alexander and Cody Davis being the only true options with experience. Joyner is expected to make the transition from cornerback to safety next season. 

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of LARamsReport.com. You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.


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