Now that the initial free agency frenzy has passed, teams and fans are beginning to turn their attention toward the 2012 NFL Draft.
With the addition of Peyton Manning to the AFC West, a division that already features Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer, the Kansas City Chiefs may need to put an extra emphasis on defensive backs.
According to Adam Caplan, the Chiefs are set to meet with former Montana CB Trumaine Johnson. This is fairly significant because Johnson is projected to be a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick by NFL Draft Scout.
The big thing that jumps out at me about Johnson is his size. He is listed at 6’2″, 204 lbs, so he is fairly tall for a CB.
The fact of the matter is, in today’s NFL, defensive backs are more important than ever. With teams like the New England Patriots making use of very tall, pass catching TEs, it is wise for the Chiefs to respond by looking for more size at DB so they don’t get caught in matchup nightmares.
The Chiefs will meet with a lot of players over the next few weeks but it is pretty clear that the Chiefs will likely take a long, hard look at all the DB prospects.
Here is a bit more on Johnson from Scout.com:
Johnson recorded 54 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and a dozen pass deflections last season, forcing one fumble.
At the NFL scouting combine, Johnson ran the 40-yard dash between 4.50 and 4.61 seconds. He bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times, posted a 10-2 broad jump, a 4.15 short shuttle and a 7.20 three-cone drill.
Johnson was arrested last October, pleading not guilty to obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was tased with a stun gun.
Two years ago, he had 44 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, four interceptions and seven pass deflections.