Round 3, pick 84: Isaiah Johnson, CB Houston
Try and picture the ideal cornerback for Seattle. Did you get it? Congratulations, you just thought of Isaiah Johnson. Let’s just run down the checklist, shall we? Height, 6’2″. Length, 33-inch arms. Wingspan? 79 inches. Speed? He ran a 4.4 forty yard dash.
In addition, he also ranked in the 96th percentile in the broad jump (133 inches), the 74th percentile in the 20-yard shuttle, and 68th percentile in the 3-cone. Add that all up, and you get a similar athletic profile to Lonnie Johnson of Kentucky, another known Seahawks target. He also profiles similarly to Tharold Simon the former Seahawks corner.
Another name to watch at this spot is USC DB Marvell Tell, but his freaky athleticism probably makes him an unrealistic option. You would like to think that the Seahawks are okay at outside corner, but Shaquille Griffin took a step back in year two, and Tre Flowers is still a work in progress.
While Johnson is the dream physique of an outside CB in Seattle, he has warts as well. His tackling skills leave a lot to be desired. Look for yourself:
He has only been a corner for two years but does have tremendous raw skills. Pete Carroll is an extremely gifted DB coach and there are very few, if any, coaches more equipped to turn Johnson from raw to good. The situation seems eerily similar to Richard Sherman.
Johnson is the perfect fit for Seattle and should get better with more work on his technique. By mid-season, he could challenge on the outside and provides upside and depth at corner.