Draft spotlight: Montana CB Trumaine Johnson

Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

TRUMAINE JOHNSON

POS: CB/S

School: Montana

HT: 6-1 7/8

WT: 204

Vertical: 35 1/2

40-yard dash: 4.61

Hometown: Stockton, Calif.

Key stats: A three-time all-Big Sky conference performer. He had five interceptions last season.

Here’s the next installment of the DRAFT SPOTLIGHT feature, which we’ll run periodically up to the NFL draft April 26-28 in New York.

The Falcons pick with the 55th pick in the second round. They also have picks in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. The first round will be held on Thursday, rounds two and three on Friday and rounds four through seven on Saturday.

Johnson is a corner with a second-round grade. His skill-set is intriguing because he can play outside, in the slot and perhaps even some safety.

He is the 60th rated player on Gil Brandt’s Hot 100 list.

Here’s a Q&A with Johnson:

Q: How do you answer teams’ questions about playing at small school?

A:If anything, turn the tape on against Tennessee. They’re an SEC team, the only D-1 team we played my senior year. Turn that tape on.

Q: What are your strengths?

A: I’m big. I’m fast. My technique is nice, being as big as I am.

Q: Do you have a preference where you play?

A: I’ll go anywhere. I played in Montana. I’ve played in every weather. Weather’s not a factor. I’ll play anywhere.

Q: Think of yourself strictly as a corner, or can you play safety too?

A: I can play any position the coach wants me to play.

Q: What do you need to prove to the pro scouts?

A: If anything, my speed, to play corner. I like to play corner. I believe I’m a shutdown corner.

Q: Did you have some interest from Pac 12 schools?

A: Yes, ASU, Cal and USC. I went to the USC camp. I went to the Cal camp. They said they were going to offer me. They never called me back. USC never called me back, either. ASU was supposed to take me on a visit, usually when they take you on a visit, they call you. They never called me back, either. I didn’t want to go to a junior college, so I went to Montana.

Q: Did that motivate you, or you were just able to move on?

A: Yes. Everything happens for a reason. I took that and ran with it.

Q: Why do you feel (your) technique is sharp despite your height?

A: Coming from a smaller school, they can say you get lazy. You can get bored, because they’re not going your way. But I believe you can always improve on your technique, and going to the next level you’re going to need that.

Q: Have teams addressed possibility of playing safety?

A: Yes sir, safety and corner.

Q: What do you think about that combination?

A: I like to play corner, but if the coach wants me to go back there and play safety, I can play safety.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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59 comments Add your comment

fanATicaL

March 23rd, 2012
5:35 am

I hate to do it but 1st

Notso Fast

March 23rd, 2012
5:46 am

Sounds good but in this world 4.61 is not fast enough to keep up with NFL receivers.

fanATicaL

March 23rd, 2012
5:47 am

The only reason TD & co make this move. Is if they truly believe he is an upgrade from all the slots we have. Which also means somebody will lose their job. Franks, Owens it willnot bode well for these two. Also with his multiple talents makes him a possible TD candidate. But still not an O lineman nor is he an d end.or tight end.

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Mikey

March 23rd, 2012
6:44 am

Sounds a little shakey to me. However, I haven’t seen him play. A CB’s ability to make the right moves at the right time and gracefully switch from zone to man coverage is MUCH more important than .2 seconds in the 40. Obviously someone saw something they liked to rank him where they did… thanks DLed for providing insight into prospects.

Bill

March 23rd, 2012
8:51 am

DOL did u think to pray?

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PMC

March 23rd, 2012
9:30 am

Given that he’s from Montana it’s a shoe in right? We have to have the most Shippensburg and Montana Grads in the league barre none.

PMC

March 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

He’ll be a special teams safety if he’s drafted no doubt. Same as Shann Schillinger.

Augusta bred

March 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

Sounds more like a safety to me. Lord knows we’re thin there and i’m sure one will be picked in the draft somewhere.

PMC

March 23rd, 2012
9:33 am

I take that back, he’ll start at special teams but work his way in at Safety or Nickel for some team.

I think the Falcons are pretty happy at DB except for maybe a backup safety, I think they’ll add a veteran.

ATL Fan

March 23rd, 2012
9:33 am

Mikey agreed that .2 secs is not as important as angles and position. Like the kids answers.

1eyedJack

March 23rd, 2012
9:34 am

Seventh round?

Daddy Rabbit

March 23rd, 2012
9:34 am

Draft Lineman!!!!

Mr. Costanza

March 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

Too slow. My Grandmother runs faster than he does. She’s 99.

mtgummibear

March 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

I don’t know if he’ll be a good NFL player, but I DO think NFL people pay way too much attention to the tape measures and the stop watches. How quickly he can change direction and close on the ball is much more important than a 40 time. Remember he’s 6-2. Wouldn’t you like to have someone like that to match up against some of the big receivers in the NFC. Guys like Marqes Colston etc. All that said I think it would be great if he would last until the third round because I’d really like to see the Falcons get best D-Line or O-Line with the 55th pick.

Srbistuta

March 23rd, 2012
9:54 am

Joe Hayden had terrible forty at the combine…just sayin’.

ATLJBO

March 23rd, 2012
10:15 am

D-Led… A couple of weeks ago Trumaine tweeted that we had a workout with us but he deleted days after the workout.. I guess the team asked him to.

His 40 is ok… His unofficial time (which is closer to teams stop watch) was 4.50

I like Trumaine tho.. I think he can come in and play the NB position… We could have a big NB that can cover the big slot guys like Colston… You would also have a big NB that can cover those bigger athletic TE’s.

E43

March 23rd, 2012
10:16 am

Jimmy Williams 2.0?

Sid

March 23rd, 2012
10:47 am

Q: Do you have a preference where you play?

A: I’ll go anywhere. I played in Montana. I’ve played in every weather. Weather’s not a factor. I’ll play anywhere.

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Reminds of the time they asked Herschel if he ever got tired of carrying the football and he replied “Heck no, that football ain’t heavy”.

PMC

March 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

Who would have thought at the beginning of the offseason the “sacrifical cow” would be the 25 year old MLB Curtis Lofton.

Sam Baker is still on this team SMH.

Sid

March 23rd, 2012
11:01 am

Got 1 mock shows Trumaine going 1st in the 3rd round to Indianapolis who desperately need help against the pass, another going 90th (very late in the 3rd round) to Green Bay (that mock has the Falcons taking Dwayne Allen, TE from Clemson @ the 55th spot, Vinny Curry, DE @ 84)

dan

March 23rd, 2012
11:15 am

Looking for last years rookie free agent Darrin Walls that was on the Falcons last year to step up. He is 6′0 played for Notre Dame and ran a 4.39 on his pro day coming out of college.
He’s a 6-foot, 183-pound corner who excels with a physical brand of press coverage, and he doesn’t mind throwing a shoulder into his team’s run defense either. A three-year starter for the Fighting Irish
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yourpoliticalanimal

March 23rd, 2012
11:36 am

Wake me when it’s Buffalo’s pick….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

yourpoliticalanimal

March 23rd, 2012
11:38 am

Until the Falcons win a Super Bowl, Dan Reeves has put the best team on the field (98-99)…I still watch that NFC championship game against Minnesota and say that was the Birds’ finest hour…

StatesBurr

March 23rd, 2012
11:39 am

Sir, We don’t really need you to “spotlight” potential players. This type of reporting is on all sites and blogs… How about some Falcon news…..?

PMC

March 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

There isn’t any Falcons news unfortunately.

Brett

March 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

I think at spot 55 in the draft we have to go BPA according to our needs. I would say that its so hard to know who is going to be left at that spot that that’s really the only way to play it. I don’t want to reach for a DE at 55 that we could get in the third just because that seems to be our biggest need. I think we can find quality players in the 2-4 rounds (a la Corey Peters) we just have to be smart with the picks and not jump for a position that seems to be a glaring need.

StatesBurr

March 23rd, 2012
12:11 pm

PMC..ok, true.

Flo=Ri-Duh

March 23rd, 2012
12:18 pm

DL – we have enough overpaid underachieving CBs already signed to log term contracts. A pass rusher is more important if you draft for defense. Personally I would go OL – not defense. Falcon’s offense did not score a point against the Giants in the playoffs and lost because of a lack of OL play.

bart

March 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

It would be truly interesting to know Nolan’s evaluation of current defensive personal and where he thinks upgrades are needed most – but of course we’ll never get to hear the really inside stuff like that. So in the meantime we can speculate endlessly.

Real Falcon Fanatic

March 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

At least we have a second round pick, unlike N.O. with NO second rounder. HAHAHA

We already have 2 players from Montana, Bierman, and Schillinger.

ty adkins

March 23rd, 2012
1:06 pm

I went to school with him saw him play every home game and dude can play. I don’t care he played fcs. He’s 6 2 can run decent can cover big tight ends has great balls skills is a threat to return any interception and can return kicks plus he hits hard as a MFer any team that picks him is getting great value in the 2nd or 3rd round. Mark my words he will be a pro bowler one day. A few good players have come from MT Scott gragg Tim hauk and more recently Kroy Biermann who has started at DE for the falcons. He’s a great player and would love to see him on my niners but wherever he goes he will be good

Jeremy Shockey

March 23rd, 2012
2:00 pm

Coach Williams had a bounty out on me in practice, now who gets the last laugh!!!

HAHAHAHAHA

Paddy

March 23rd, 2012
2:25 pm

Lets keep looking!

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March 23rd, 2012
2:42 pm

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March 23rd, 2012
6:10 pm

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blochead

March 23rd, 2012
8:11 pm

I am so tired of the Falcons being tight lip , and never giving there fans any new news about what going on with the team.

Brian Hunt

March 24th, 2012
9:20 am

4.61 looks like a safety to me. If he has the flexibility to play there, he could be an asset. Safeties with cover ability are a premium in today’s NFL.

need a home run draft

March 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

Nice size, not sure about the speed for a DB. And coming from stockton. hmmm

giddyup horsey

March 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

isn’t the beer man from montana? the one that married one of the obnoxious housewives

m

March 24th, 2012
2:06 pm

The Atlanta Falcons have won more games
the last four years than any other NFC team.

Thanks Coach Mike Smith,
just win the playoffs and everthing will be alright.
(no more 4th and inches riverboat gambling).

MUG

March 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

Ovie Mughelli makes a difference in short yardage situations.

Glad he’s back and healed up.

FalconJim

March 24th, 2012
9:40 pm

DLed, PLEASE get Payton’s ugly mug off of our Falcons page…..PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

Not only, there’s nothing much new on there about our team, but every time I go to check, I have to look at that “goat, eating briars”…

JSS

March 25th, 2012
12:11 am

Man, this has been the best off season ever!!!

Defense wins Titles

March 25th, 2012
3:31 am

Leave Montana and other Big Pie in the Sky teams and players alone. Stick to drafting SEC players. They were studs in Little League, Jr. High, High School, College. They are the freaks. The biggest, strongest, fastest, etc. in a league competing against other freaks with the best coaches coaching them. It makes no sense to me now, never has or will make sense to me to go away from drafting outside the SEC. Atlanta is in the heart of SEC territory. The fans want to see players from their schools playing ball as Falcons. The fans want to know what the players did while in college. Some Joe from Pocomo does not interest passionate, avid, southeastern football fans. Com’ on Tom Dimitroff dont be a Dicktroff. Get some Big Boys from the Big Boy League. This guy picked over a true SEC corner or safety, Com’ on Tom. Build a professional roster. Change your draft philosophy or lose passionate fans. Change or stay mediocre. Change or always be little boys of NFL.

Samuel

March 25th, 2012
10:02 am

All I want from the Falcons is to get the best player available. If it mean the Montana cornerback so be it.

bobby cerasuolo

March 25th, 2012
10:23 am

Dont Knock these players from smalls schools Flacco went to a FCS school and look how well he is doing. Armante Edwards from App State hes doing well as the Panthers return man. So don’t knock those lil FCS Schools.

BIG TIME 5150

March 26th, 2012
5:46 am

Tru is a beast. Raiders would take him in a heart beat. I have followed Tru since high school in Stockton Ca. getting Tru on your team is like hitting the jackpot.

PMC

March 26th, 2012
9:15 am

Curtis Fing Lofton to the Saints. SMH