Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive back Dontae Johnson jumps up to loosen his legs before running the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
FIFTH ROUND PICK (163): Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State
HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 200
40: 4.45 3-CONE: 6.82 VERTICAL: 38 1/2
Dorsey loves to add big corners and Johnson is one of the bigger ones in the draft. The upside on Johnson may be limited because of his hand size and length but the quickness from Johnson for such a big guy should prove to be valuable.
Most of Johnson’s issue, aside from his hands and length, are technical, which is something that could prove in Kansas City’s favor. Remember, the Chiefs turned seventh round pick Marcus Cooper into a starting cornerback last season even though he had been playing the position for less than two years. The lack of experience was made up for by the Chiefs’ coaching staff, who could do the same wonders for Johnson.
Should Johnson pan out, the Chiefs could have three corners next season all over 6-2. Two of them, Johnson and Cooper, ran in the 4.4s at their respective combine. That size speed combination could prove very useful for Kansas City when playing teams like Denver.