Round 4, Pick 107: Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami
At the start of day-three of the draft, the Buccaneers add depth to their safety room by selecting in-state product Jaquan Johnson from the University of Miami. Although the Buccaneers have four young safeties on their roster, outside of Justin Evans, there is not much security at the third level of the Tampa Bay defense.
In four years with the Hurricanes, Johnson put up eight career interceptions and seven passes defended. In addition, Johnson tallied nearly 100 total tackles in each of the last two seasons and recorded seven and a half tackles for loss throughout his career; he also forced six fumbles, showing the ability to get his nose around the football.
Johnson did not have the best of days at the combine, where he posted below average testing numbers, however. At 5’10 and 191 pounds, Johnson now sees himself as a day-three pick after running a 4.69 second 40 yard dash and hitting just 33 inches on his vertical. He did show good explosiveness, racking up 18 reps on the bench press and over 10 feet on his broad jump.
Adding another safety to the roster, the Buccaneers go with the battle-tested Johnson with their fourth round selection. In such a young room, adding a guy who has played four years of college football could help shorten the learning curve at the next level.