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Johnson's combination of NFL-ready size and play-making ability might have him off the board by the end of the second day of the draft. If that happens, he'll become the first Montana player since offensive lineman Scott Gragg in 1995 to be selected in the first three rounds. Johnson, a two-time All-American cornerback, finished his career as one of the best performers in program history with a school-record 36 pass break-ups and 15 interceptions, tied for third-most. While he had only two of those picks in 2011, he matched a career high with 54 tackles. Johnson was named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in FCS, and was named to the All-Big Sky first team for the third consecutive time. If those accolades weren't enticing enough, he also has special teams experience with eight kickoff returns for an average of 22.3 yards as a junior. Johnson didn't show tremendous speed at the combine (4.61 in the 40) but did finish fifth among cornerbacks in the bench press with 19 reps. On the negative side, there were some issues with durability during his first two seasons in Missoula as he missed a combined nine games due to injury. The four-year starter didn't have any problems over his final two campaigns, but did have one off the field in October as he and quarterback Gerald Kemp were Tasered and arrested when police attempted to break up a party. Johnson and Kemp later pleaded no contest to charges of disorderly conduct, but all other misdemeanors were dropped as part of their plea agreements.