Round 5: John Johnson, FS, Boston College (6 feet, 205 pounds)
There is a possibility Clayton Geathers could be on the move this year. Specifically, the Colts may move him to inside linebacker. If they want to do that soon, it would not be a bad idea for them to select another safety.
John Johnson would be a decent player to get in the fifth round. The Colts met with the six-foot safety during the Senior Bowl so they at least a little intrigued by him.
In 45 games at Boston College, Johnson finished with 169 total tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 20 passes defensed, 6 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.
He also played at cornerback for the Eagles, which makes him even more enticing to the Colts. Indianapolis has always valued players who can play more than one position (think about guys like Darius Butler and Geathers).
Also, it is becoming more pivotal that safeties have pass coverage skills because that safeties find themselves playing more-and-more man coverage against inside slot receivers. Johnson has the set of skills needed to play in today’s NFL.
Again, potential alternatives at safety would be Miami’s Rayshawn Jenkins, NC State’s Josh Jones and Clemson’s Jadar Johnson.
It will hard to find excellent players in the sixth round of any draft. With that in mind, the Colts will likely draft a player who did not have great college numbers, but has the physical talent to potentially be a solid pro.