NFL Draft 2009: Risers and Sliders
Week 11 in the college football season saw the surprises continue as yet another highly ranked team suffered its first loss. Away from the scoreboard, lesser known prospects, including several underclassmen, are starting to build a buzz based on terrific play. At the same time, skill players who came into the season with impressive credentials are watching their draft stock drop as they fail to meet expectations on the field.
• Texas defensive end
• I try not to be redundant with the names mentioned as risers and sliders each week and do my best to mention as many players as possible. These opinions are based on conversations with NFL scouts, league insiders as well as my own personal film observation. But I would be remiss if I did not mention
The safety was a Week 5 riser and he comes off a stunning performance against LSU. Johnson picked off three passes on Saturday and the Crimson Tide converted all his turnovers into points. This included Johnson returning one 54 yards for a touchdown. Given a mid-round grade at the season's start, Johnson is playing as well as any other safety in the nation. With his draft stock on fire, he is likely to end up in the initial 45 selections.