|Leonard Johnson Scouting Report
|Leonard Johnson - Iowa State (HT: 5-9⅞ - WT: 196)
Positives -- Looks comfortable playing in both zone or man coverage, is scheme diverse but could flourish in a zone system... Shows the ability to stay balanced with his footwork into his drops, has some good bend in his back pedal and can transition to turn and run quickly, is always under control
in coverage... Can be physical when needed during press coverage situations... Always covered the opponents' best wide receiver, plays up to his competition, has good anticipation on routes and is able to cover bigger receivers despite his size; Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright have both praised Johnson's physical play... Pesters opposing wide receivers, can get underneath and has the instincts to play over the top in zone coverage... High number of deflected passes (26 in his career at Iowa State), has the knack for being around the football... Controls the secondary with leadership and hard-nosed play... Started 43 of 50 career games at Iowa State, including 39 in a row to end his career.
Negatives -- Poor deep speed, ran just an illness-affected 4.71-40 at the combine, rehabilitated his stock some with a 4.54-40 at his pro day, but matches up best with possession type receivers... His height will be an issue versus bigger NFL wide outs... Needs to work using his hands better in bump and run coverage, gives to many free releases on routes... Can get pushed around by bigger receivers, has extremely short arms and struggles getting off blocks down field... Can get too aggressive at times, has to control his emotions during the game... Despite a high number of pass deflections, had just two interceptions over the last two seasons... Needs to improve his ball awareness and adjust to the ball better... Arm tackles and doesn't always wrap up, is prone to missed tackles... Shows flashes of being a top cornerback, but needs to improve his consistency... Ejected from a game for a late hit during his freshman year against UNLV.
At Iowa State -- (Official School Bio) 2011: Earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from both the coaches and media... started all 13 games for the Cyclones... ended his career with 43 career games started, including a streak of 39 in a row... played in 50 career games for Iowa State... completed his Iowa State career with 247 tackles, eight for loss... also posted 26 pass breakups, eight fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles and six interceptions during his time in Ames... finished the season with 72 tackles, two for loss... led the Iowa State defense with eight pass breakups and three fumble recoveries... also posted an interception and a forced fumble... in the Cyclones' upset win over No. 2 Oklahoma State, Johnson had the daunting task of covering two-time Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon... restricted Blackmon to 99 yards receiving and posted a third-quarter interception against the Cowboys... in dramatic win over Iowa, Johnson forced a fumble on Hawkeye running back Marcus Coker which led to Iowa State's opening score... recorded career-high 12 tackles against Baylor... posted nine tackles against Texas A&M;, Missouri and Oklahoma. 2010: An All-Big 12 corner and the best cover man Iowa State has fielded in recent memory... has started since his freshman season, accruing 175 career tackles with five interceptions and 18 pass breakups... is additionally proficient against the run, having forced and recovered five fumbles... had six tackles and an interception at Texas... collected career-high 11 tackles at Oklahoma... made seven tackles against Utah... fourth on the all-time ISU kickoff return charts, averaging 24.62 yards on 58 returns.