2017 NFL Draft: Denzel Johnson, Texas Christian University
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Denzel. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Denzel Johnson: I’m Denzel Johnson from Gainesville, Tx. I’m 22 years young. Four letter athlete and former Strong Safety at TCU.
Justin David Kish: During your college career you played for the TCU Horned Frogs. Please tell us about your time with the Frogs?
Denzel Johnson: Going to TCU was easily the best decision for me. Great family atmosphere, I matured a lot over the years being at TCU. I learned to be humble, have great work ethic, and accountability. Working my way up in the depth chart from my true freshman year all the way to starting my last two years and being all-conference was a great experience.
Justin David Kish: During your run with the Horned Frogs you were coached by defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow. How has the coaching staff at TCU improved you as a player?
Denzel Johnson: Easily the number one thing I can say is that they improved my football I.Q. tremendously. They taught me how to break down film and take away strengths. They helped me improve my technique in tackling and in coverage. Also, taught me the significance of making others around me better.
Justin David Kish: Playing in the Big 12 Conference you competed against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia on a yearly basis. What is one game that really took you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Denzel Johnson: Playing Oklahoma each year I really had to bring my A-game, they always had premier skill guys on offense, along with a solid offensive line.
Justin David Kish: Being a defensive back you are asked with covering some of college football’s best receivers. What was one receiver that gave you a challenge?
Denzel Johnson: I would say Dede Westbrook was the most challenging receiver I had to guard this year.
Justin David Kish: You created so many memories with your brothers at TCU. What is one memory that sticks out from the others?
Denzel Johnson: Definitely the Alamo Bowl game against Oregon where we came back from being down by 31!
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Horned Frog?
Denzel Johnson: You have to be a dog on the field, and in the weight room. You have to treat the film room like a class and be a nerd. You have to master the things that take no talent, such as accountability, and effort. You have to be the kind of guy that will play tackle football on turf, grass, mud, gravel, or concrete any day of the week, because you love the game.
Justin David Kish: We are now shifting our focus to our NFL Draft questions. Speaking of the draft how are you preparing yourself for the event and who are you working with?
Denzel Johnson: I’m preparing myself with Derrick Jonkins at DJonkins Sports. It is located in Houston, Texas. We work on perfecting my body and craft 7 days a week.
Justin David Kish: What is one aspect of your game do you consider to be your biggest strength?
Denzel Johnson: Versatility is my biggest strength.
Justin David Kish: What part of your game would you like to improve on?
Denzel Johnson: I would like to improve my all-around game, but if I had to choose one it would be coverage, because I feel like that is something you can never be perfect at %100 of your reps.
Justin David Kish: While at TCU, how was your chemistry with your team?
Denzel Johnson: Great! Even though the dynamic of the team changed each year for 4 years, my chemistry with the team only grew stronger.
Justin David Kish: What were your on the field responsibilities?
Denzel Johnson: Do my job, be an overlap player, be a leader, make others better. Be consistent and reliable, be the go-to player and make plays. Shutdown my opposing receiver, and no missed tackles.
Justin David Kish: What does a typical day off look like when you have time off?
Denzel Johnson: Watch film, get in the Cryo chamber, get a massage. Find some event to go watch whether it’s a basketball game or a track meet, and hanging out with my friends.
Justin David Kish: What have you learned from your past mistakes?
Denzel Johnson: Never let them lead to a continuous chain reaction of bad mistakes, so always learn and make adjustments.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. If you could compare yourself to any past or present defensive back who would you compare yourself to and why?
Denzel Johnson: I’m going to go with with present and say a combination of Malcom Jenkins and TJ Ward. I think my play style is similar in regards to tackling, pass coverage, and instincts. Responsibilities of what I’m asked to do on the field is similar to those guys.
Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Denzel Johnson?
Denzel Johnson: Your never going to have to have to question my effort or work ethic. I will find and accept my role, I don’t care if I’m a special teams guy, I’m willing to learn and work my way up the depth chart. I’m a smart football player that’s has continued and will continue to get better each day. I will always be prepared to seize every opportunity that is given to me. You won’t regret you decision to draft me!