Bills select Miami’s DB Jaquan Johnson in the 6th round


With the 181st overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Miami safety Jaquan Johnson.

At 5’10” and 190 pounds, Johnson isn’t the biggest safety around, but his tackling ability is top-notch. According to Pro Football Focus, few safeties in this class are more reliable than him in this department.

The former Hurricane isn’t the fastest player on the field, and the lack of size and speed certainly cost him a better draft position. What he lacks in athletic ability, though, he makes up for with instincts and experience. In his four-year career, he accumulated 252 tackles (7.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, eight interceptions, seven passes defended, six fumbles forced, three fumbles recovered, and one TD.

He had his best year in 2017, when he was selected the team MVP after leading the team with 96 tackles (three for loss), one sack, four interceptions (one returned for a TD), four passes defended, three fumbles forced, and two recovered. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz called him the “heart and soul” of the Hurricanes’ defense.

A well-respected team captain and a true football player,  Johnson looks the part of a McDermott guy. He comes to Buffalo to fight for a place behind Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. Time will tell how early he can contribute, but his traits look promising.