5. Cleveland Browns S John Johnson
It’s hard not to be impressed with the performance John Johnson, as fans who’ve attended training camp have seen the playmaking ability and leadership skills that were attached to the safety’s name when he signed last winter.
Linebacker Anthony Walker, if healthy, will wear the green sticker as the defensive play caller the season, but should he go down, Johnson could assume the role.
Most notably, Johnson was seen vocally communicating with corners Greedy Williams and Troy Hill on where to be on the field.
"In the latest episode of “Building the Browns,” defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator, Jeff Howard, said Johnson has the “Ability to connect with everyone, the whole DB room.”"
The Brown signed Johnson to a three-year, $33 million contract during the offseason in a move that was widely lauded by league pundits, both locally and nationally.
Johnson figures to do a lot of heavy lifting in the defensive backfield as the Browns made more use of three-safety, two-linebacker defensive schemes.