|Date of birth:||May 18, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Orlando, Florida|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||203 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Sarasota (FL) Booker|
|NFL draft:||2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 211|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
|Stats at NFL.com|
Johnson played for Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida, leading his team to a 13-2 record as a senior, had five interceptions, 15 pass breakups and 39 solo tackles. He also returned punts, averaging 37.6 yards per return. He was named All-State as a cornerback and punt returner. As a junior, he registered 50 tackles and 11 pass break-ups. He was a three-sport star, playing on a state-champion basketball team in addition to competing in the triple jump in the Florida state track & field championships.
As a senior in 2009 Johnson played in all 14 games, starting 10. He finished the season with 29 total tackles (25 solo) with one interception, and led the team with passes defensed (18) and passes broken up (17). In 2008, as a junior, Johnson served as Alabama's third cornerback in nickel and dime defensive packages. He played in all 14 games with three starts and recorded 49 tackles on the year, which ranked sixth on the team, had two interceptions, a tackle for loss and five pass breakups. In 2007 he played in nine games as a back-up in the secondary and had four tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery on the season. As a freshman in 2006 he appeared in all 13 games and finished the season with seven tackles to his credit.
Johnson was not invited to the NFL Combine and despite coming off meniscus surgery Johnson ran a 4.51 forty-yard dash.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams drafted Johnson in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. On June 28, 2010, Johnson signed a four-year contract with the Rams. He was waived and re-signed on a number of occasions over the next 2 years, spending time on the practice squad and on the PUP list and injured reserve list as well as on the active roster. Hampered by a knee injury, he played in five games during his two years with the team. Ultimately, the Rams waived him on May 3, 2012.
New Orleans Saints
- New Orleans Saints bio, accessed 2012-08-22.
- Sheldon Mickles, "Saints’ Johnson steps in to fill void at cornerback", The Advocate (Baton Rouge), July 31, 2012.
- Bradley Handwerger, "Abused as a child, Saints CB Marquis Johnson uses NFL platform to help other victims", WWL-TV, August 22, 2012.
- http://whodatdish.com/2012/08/31/reaction-to-new-orleans-saints-cut-to-the-final-53/ , August 31, 2012