Round Five – Quindell Johnson – Safety – Memphis
While it appears the Dallas Cowboys have their starting safeties, the depth is a little thin. They could look to add depth while targeting a guy who will develop into a starter. Johnson flashes quite a bit on tape, but his consistency will need some work if he is to be relied upon early. That’s not to say he can’t help or doesn’t have a role early in his career. Some have Johnson as a sixth-rounder, but I think he could easily go in the fifth.
Johnson is a smooth and fast player. He covers ground well, locates the ball, and makes a play on the ball and not the player. He works through the crowd to find the best line and takes it. He has length and range that allows him to drop into coverage, come downhill against the run and has shown an ability to blitz from the safety position.
Johnson sometimes is flat-footed at the start of plays, which sometimes makes him a step slower to recognize and recover. He doesn’t do well playing through contact and will wipe himself out by being unable to shed a block. He will sometimes lock onto the quarterback and be late to see the receiver. His athleticism and ball skills, to go with his ability to cover ground will help him early, but he will need some consistency to be a starter long-term.