The 2017 NFL draft concluded Saturday in Philadelphia. Here is a round-by-round recap of the selections.
The Rams moved to address their needs in the secondary, selecting Boston College’s John Johnson in the third round of the NFL draft.
Johnson was chosen with the 91st overall pick.
Johnson, 6 foot and 208 pounds, played safety and cornerback in college. That could help him find a role with a Rams defense thin in quality depth at both positions.
“I think I fit best as a safety, although I think I have a corner body type,” he said during a teleconference with reporters. “I came into Boston College as a corner, and I like covering man to man. I like covering the intermediate zone … but I think I would fit best as a safety.”
Last season, Johnson intercepted three passes and made 77 tackles, including 12 in a 36-30 victory over Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Johnson is looking forward to playing for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
“My excitement level was through the roof,” he said, noting that having played for coordinators with similar schemes, “I think I’ll fit right in.”
JOHN JOHNSON, Safety
6 foot, 208 pounds, Boston College
Notable: Johnson played safety and slot cornerback in college, versatility that could help him as he competes for a spot in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme.
Why Rams drafted him: The Rams’ lack quality depth at safety and cornerback. With the departure of T.J. McDonald, Lamarcus Joyner is moving from cornerback to free safety. Maurice Alexander and Cody Davis are the only safeties with significant experience.
Last season: Johnson intercepted three passes, broke up nine others and made 77 tackles. He finished his career with 12 tackles in the Quick Lane Bowl.