Lonnie Johnson Jr.
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Johnson with the Houston Texans in 2019
No. 1 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1995-11-04) November 4, 1995 (age 26)
Gary, Indiana
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Gary West Side (IN)
College:Kentucky
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Total tackles:168
Pass deflections:13
Interceptions:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Lonnie Johnson Jr. (born November 4, 1995)[1] is an American football cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kentucky.

Early years

Johnson attended West Side Leadership Academy in Gary, Indiana.[2] He originally committed to Ohio State University to play college football but decommitted and went to San Bernardino Valley College Later transferring to Garden City Community College.[3]

College career

Attended San Bernardino Valley College, Ca 2014 played wide receiver and special teams. Johnson attended Garden City in 2015 and 2016. He did not play in 2016, to concentrate on academics.[4] He transferred to the University of Kentucky in 2017.[5][6] In two seasons at Kentucky, he had 64 tackles and one interception.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+78 in
(1.88 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
32+58 in
(0.83 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.52 s 4.10 s 7.01 s 38.0 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Houston Texans

Johnson was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round, 54th overall, of the 2019 NFL Draft.[8] The Texans previously acquired the 54th overall pick from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade that sent Duane Brown to Seattle. On May 10, 2019, he signed his rookie contract.[9]

In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs, Johnson recovered a blocked punt and returned it for a 25-yard touchdown during the 51–31 loss, but his ineffectiveness in covering Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, in part due to an injury sustained mid-game, was cited as one of the primary reasons for the Chiefs' historic comeback win.[10][11][12]

Kansas City Chiefs

On May 2, 2022, Johnson was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2024 conditional seventh-round pick.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Lonnie Johnson Jr. Stats, News, Bio". ESPN.
  2. ^ Joe Mussatto, SEC Country. "Gone from a dying city, Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson finds life in Lexington". ajc.
  3. ^ Wasserman, Ari (November 12, 2013). "Wide receiver prospect Lonnie Johnson decommits from Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class: Buckeyes recruiting". cleveland.com.
  4. ^ Leach, Chris. "They're not in Kansas anymore: The journey from Kansas JUCOs to the Kentucky football team". The Kentucky Kernel.
  5. ^ "Junior college football player Lonnie Johnson commits to Kentucky | Lexington Herald-Leader". Archived from the original on 2016-12-16.
  6. ^ "New UK football player Lonnie Johnson knows 'where the money is' | Lexington Herald-Leader". Archived from the original on 2017-02-04.
  7. ^ "Lonnie Johnson Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Results: Houston Texans Select Lonnie Johnson With The 54th Overall Pick". Battle Red Blog. SB Nation. April 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Boggs, Jamie (May 10, 2019). "Lonnie Johnson officially signs contract with Houston Texans". A Sea Of Blue.
  10. ^ "Chiefs rally from 24-0 hole to beat Texans 51-31 in playoffs". www.espn.com. Associated Press. January 12, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "Seven straight touchdown drives". SportsMap. 2020-01-12. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  12. ^ Heifetz, Danny (2020-01-12). "The Chiefs Made a Historic Comeback Look Easy". The Ringer. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  13. ^ "Texans trade Lonnie Johnson Jr. to Chiefs". NBCSports.com.