Kevin Johnson (cornerback)

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Kevin Johnson
No. 36 – Buffalo Bills
Personal information
Born: (1992-08-05) August 5, 1992 (age 27)
Clarksville, Maryland
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Clarksville (MD) River Hill
College:Wake Forest
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:128
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:14
Player stats at

Kevin Johnson (born August 5, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wake Forest. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

High School[edit]

Johnson attended River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland, where he played both cornerback and running back.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Johnson was listed as the No. 45 cornerback in the nation in 2010.[1] He committed to Wake Forest University to play college football.[2]

College career[edit]

Johnson attended Wake Forest from 2010 to 2014. As a true freshman, he played in 11 games with five starts. In 2011, he redshirted after being ruled academically ineligible. He returned in 2012 as a starter and remained as the starter throughout his senior season.[3][4] Johnson finished his career with 189 tackles and seven interceptions.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of college, analysts projected Johnson to be a first round draft choice. He was ranked the second best cornerback out of the 212 available in the 2015 NFL draft by[6] Johnson attended the NFL Combine and completed all the drills and workouts but chose not to do the bench press. At Wake Forest's Pro Day, he only performed positional drills after being satisfied with his combine performance. Representatives and scouts from 22 NFL teams attended his pro day, including defensive back coaches from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tennessee Titans.[7] He also attended private workouts and visits with multiple teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens.[8]

External video
Johnson's NFL Combine workout
Kevin Johnson's 40-yard dash
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
188 lb
(85 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
8 38 in
(0.21 m)
4.52 s 1.59 s 2.63 s 3.89 s 6.79 s 41 12 in
(1.05 m)
10 ft 10 in
(3.30 m)
All values from NFL Combine[9]

Houston Texans[edit]


The Houston Texans selected Johnson in the first round (16th overall) of the 2015 NFL draft. He was the second cornerback selected in 2014, behind Michigan State's Trae Waynes (11th overall).[10]

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Texans select Johnson 16th overall

On May 8, 2015, the Houston Texans signed Johnson to a fully guaranteed four-year, $10.04 million contract with a signing bonus of $5.50 million.[11]

Throughout training camp, he competed against A. J. Bouye for the job as the third cornerback on the depth chart.[8] Head coach Bill O'Brien named Johnson the third cornerback on the Texans' depth chart, behind veterans Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson.[12][13]

He made his professional debut in the Texans' season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs and recorded two solo tackles in the 20–27 loss. On October 4, 2015, he made a season-high five solo tackles in his first career start in a 21–48 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The next game, Johnson had his second consecutive start and made five combined tackles in a 20–27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In Week 8, Johnson had one of the best games of his rookie year when he recorded a season-high six combined tackles and a pass deflection, and intercepted Titans' quarterback Zach Mettenberger for his first career interception. He returned the interception for 22 yards and helped the Texans defeat the Titans, 6–20. Johnson finished his rookie season with a total of 54 combined tackles, nine pass deflections, and an interception while playing in all 16 games and starting ten.[14]


The following season, Johnson returned as the Texans' third cornerback and made two solo tackles in their season-opening victory over the Chicago Bears. The following week, he made four solo tackles in a 19–12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. On October 2, 2016, he made his first start of the season and racked up two solo tackles during the Texans' 27–20 win over the Tennessee Titans. On October 16, 2016, Johnson recorded a career-high nine solo tackles, one assisted tackle, and a pass deflection in the Texans' 26–23 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts. He broke his foot during the game and was placed on injured-reserve on October 22, 2016.[15] In his absence, A. J. Bouye emerged as a sufficient replacement.

Johnson finished his second season with 25 combined tackles and three pass deflections in six games and three starts.[14]


Johnson entered training camp competing with Kareem Jackson for the job as the starting cornerback after A. J. Bouye signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He started the Houston Texans' season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and recorded five combined tackles during their 7–29 loss. The following week, he recorded four combined tackles in a 13–9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He left during the third quarter after suffering a sprain to his MCL and was estimated to miss the next four-six weeks.[16] On October 29, 2017, he played in his first game since returning from his MCL injury and recorded five combined tackles and deflected a pass during a 38–41 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Kareem Jackson earned Johnson's starting cornerback job during his absence and remained the starter after his return.[17] He played in 12 games overall in 2017, starting four, recording 45 tackles and two pass deflections.


On April 30, 2018, the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on Johnson's contract.[18] In Week 1 against the New England Patriots, Johnson suffered a concussion and was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2018.[19]


On March 5, 2019, Johnson was released by the Texans.[20]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On March 11, 2019, the Buffalo Bills signed Johnson to a one year deal.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is childhood friends with former NFL wide receiver Michael Campanaro. They attended high school and college together.


  1. ^ Kevin Johnson Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ River Hill's Kevin Johnson talks Wake pledge
  3. ^ Deacons' Johnson learned from Campanaro, worked to improve
  4. ^ Wake Forest's secondary is second to none
  5. ^ NFL Mock Draft: Eagles take Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson; Oregon's Marcus Mariota drops to No. 18
  6. ^ "Kevin Johnson, DS #2 CB, Wake Forest: 2015 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Gil Brandt (March 2, 2015). "Kevin Johnson's Pro Day attracts DB coaches from 4 NFL teams". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Wilson, Aaron (August 12, 2015). "Texans getting their money's worth at nickel back". Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Kevin Johnson". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  10. ^ Sidhu, Deepi (April 30, 2015). "Texans select Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson at #16". Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "Kevin Johnson (River Hill) signs four-year, $10.04 million contract, source says". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "Texans v. Chiefs: New (Unofficial) Houston Texans Depth Chart". September 12, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Wexler, Adam (April 2, 2015). "Wexler: Texans 53-man roster prediction". Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "NFL Player Profile: Kevin Johnson". Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  15. ^ "Texans place CB Kevin Johnson on reserve/injured". October 22, 2016.
  16. ^ "Source: Texans CB Kevin Johnson expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to sprained MCL". September 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "NFL Player stats: Kevin Johnson". Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  18. ^ Alper, Josh (April 30, 2018). "Texans pick up Kevin Johnson's option for 2019".
  19. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans place Henderson, Johnson on reserve/injured list". September 12, 2018.
  20. ^ Smith, Michael David (March 5, 2019). "Texans cut Kevin Johnson". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  21. ^ Brown, Chris (March 12, 2019). "Bills add free agent cornerback Kevin Johnson".

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