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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Clemson S Jadar Johnson

Position: Safety.
School: Clemson.
Measurables: 6-foot-0, 206 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds. Vertical jump: 33.0 inches. Bench press: 19 reps. Broad jump: 9 feet, 11 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.90 seconds, 20-yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds. 60-yard shuttle: 11.50 seconds.
Career stats: 54 games (17 starts), 106 tackles, 12 passes defensed, nine interceptions.
Draft projection: Fifth-sixth round.


1. He shined in his only year as a starter. Johnson found himself stuck behind upperclassmen when he arrived at Clemson, but became a key part of the Tigers' national championship season as a senior in 2016. He finished with 65 tackles, five interceptions and seven passes defensed to be named as a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference safety. He was one of six permanent captains.

2. He came up big in big moments. In the national championship game against the Crimson Tide, Johnson forced a fumble. During a win over No. 3 Louisville, he had an interception and six tackles. He had two passes defensed on the final possession of a close win over Auburn. Those are all reasons why Johnson shared defensive team MVP honors with Ben Boulware and Carlos Watkins.

3. He's got the height-weight-speed profile teams look for at safety. Simply put, Johnson looks like an NFL player in uniform. Obviously, a lot more than that goes into actually becoming one, but his production last year goes to show he's not just a workout warrior. The fact he only took one pass interference penalty in 2016 despite being around the ball so much also shows good discipline. He should be able to contribute on special teams as a rookie.

Fun fact:  Johnson played on the same AAU basketball team as Kris Jenkins, who scored the game-winning shot for Villanova in the 2016 NCAA Championship game, and first-round NBA Draft choice Brice Johnson of North Carolina.

They said it: "He’s a veteran guy who earned that spot, and he’s played at a very consistently high level for us. I think he’s been as valuable as anybody to this team this year." -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Youngstown State DL Derek Rivers.

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