In many other years, Johnson might be a sure-fire first-round pick. He has size (6-foot,193 pounds), speed (4.5 40 at the NFL Combine), arm length (31 and 3/8″), and athleticism to profile as a No. 1 corner. He also plays effectively in man or zone, with good ball skills (team-high 11 pass breakups last year).
But Johnson played through a torn labrum in his right shoulder last year, and he had surgery to fix it after the NFL Combine on March 4. The recovery timeline to return to full football activities, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, is five months. So Johnson should be ready in plenty of time for the start of his rookie season, but NFL teams can’t really know how he’s progressing since the coronavirus situation has eliminated in-person visits.
The Bears current cornerback dept chart, with Prince Amukamara a free agent and not likely to return, looks like this:
If Johnson falls, with his shoulder issue in mind and a fairly deep class of cornerbacks this year, the Bears will gladly swoop in and nab him with their first pick of the draft.