Johnathan Abram
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Abram in 2019
No. 24 – Las Vegas Raiders
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-25) October 25, 1996 (age 25)
Columbia, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Columbia (MS) East Marion
College:Mississippi State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Total tackles:207
Pass deflections:11
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at · PFR

Johnathan Jauquez Abram (born October 25, 1996) is an American football safety for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) and son of Dustin B. He played college football at Mississippi State and Georgia and went to high school at East Marion High School where he played high school football for the East Marion Eagles.

College career

A 2-star recruit, Abram committed to Georgia on November 1, 2014.[1] Following his freshman season at Georgia, Abram announced that he would be transferring out.[2] After transferring to Jones County Junior College, Abram received a scholarship from the University of Georgia again, four months after leaving.[3] On December 16, 2016, Abram announced that he would be playing football at Mississippi State for his final 2 years of college eligibility. He also took snaps at linebacker in high school so they are considering whether to move him up and take snaps there at Mississippi State.[4] Following his senior year at Mississippi State where he led the team with 93 tackles, Abram was named to the first team All-SEC by the media and to the second team by the coaches.[5] Abram was also invited to the 2019 Senior Bowl under San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Broad jump
5 ft 11+38 in
(1.81 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.45 s 9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from NFL Combine[7]

The Oakland Raiders selected Abram in the first round (27th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[8] Abram was selected with the first-round pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys in the October 2018 Amari Cooper trade.


Abram made his NFL debut in week 1 against the Denver Broncos. In the game, Abram made 5 tackles in the 24-16 win. [9] After the game, it was reported that Abram tore his rotator cuff and labrum and would be out for the remainder of the season.[10] He was placed on injured reserve on September 13, 2019.[11]


Abram made his return from injury in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. During the game, Abram recorded a team high 13 tackles in the 34–30 win.[12] In Week 3 against the New England Patriots, Abram recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Cam Newton during the 36–20 loss.[13]


Abram entered the 2021 season as the Raiders starting strong safety. He was placed on injured reserve on December 25, 2021 after undergoing shoulder surgery.[14] He finished the season with a career-high 116 tackles, which was second on the team, and one interception through 14 starts.


On April 29, 2022, the Raiders announced that they would not pick up the fifth-year option on Abram's contract, making him a free agent in the 2023 offseason.[15]


  1. ^ Kelley, Kevin (November 1, 2014). "2-Star DB Johnathan Abram commits to UGA". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Butt, Jason (January 11, 2016). "Freshman safety Johnathan Abram to transfer out of Georgia". The Macon Telegraph. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Evan (April 14, 2016). "Georgia offers scholarship to former defensive back Johnathan Abram". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Astleford, Andrew (December 16, 2016). "Former Georgia S Jonathan Abram commits to Mississippi State". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Horka, Tyler (December 4, 2018). "Simmons, Sweat selected by coaches to ALL-SEC First Team; Calhoun, Abram on second team". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Lee Chan, Jennifer (January 16, 2019). "2019 Senior Bowl: Full South roster that 49ers' staff will coach revealed". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Johnathan Abram Combine Profile". Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  8. ^ Bair, Scott (25 April 2019). "Raiders take Abram with No. 27 pick acquired in Cooper deal". NBC Sports. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Raiders beat Broncos 24-16 in 1st game after Brown's release". 9 September 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  10. ^ Smith, Michael David (September 11, 2019). "Raiders confirm Johnathan Abram out for season". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  11. ^ "Raiders sign Juston Burris; place Johnathan Abram on IR". September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers - September 13th, 2020". Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  13. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots - September 27th, 2020". Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Raiders' Johnathan Abram: Goes on injured reserve". CBS Sports. December 25, 2021.
  15. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 29, 2022). "Raiders decline fifth-year options for DE Clelin Ferrell, RB Josh Jacobs, DB Johnathan Abram". Retrieved June 22, 2022.