With the 50th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears select Jaylon Johnson, cornerback, Utah.
The Bears get their starting cornerback opposite Kyle Fuller here with one of my favorite players in the draft. To me, Johnson was a late-first, early-second-round prospect on tape, who I never imagined being available for the Bears.
Johnson was a three-year starter for the Utes with seven interceptions and 21 passes defended in his career. He declared for the NFL draft after earning second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac 12 honors as a junior.
The reason a player of Johnson’s caliber was available at pick number 50 is because he had three separate shoulder surgeries to repair a torn labrum in his career, including one this March.
He should be healthy by the start of the season, but it will be something the Bears will have to monitor during his career. He did play most of this season with a torn labrum and it did not affect his play, so he has shown the toughness to play through injuries.
Johnson has good size and length and is a very fluid athlete with enough athleticism to be a lockdown corner in the NFL. He’s a very physical corner who can play inside in the slot or on the outside. Wherever he lines up for the Bears, his playmaking ability is sure to make him a fan favorite.
We’ll have a more in-depth breakdown of Johnson soon, so stay tuned and make sure to follow The Chicago Audible on all social media platforms for continued coverage throughout the rest of the draft.