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Bills sign fourth-round pick Johnson

Posted May 11, 2018

On Friday, cornerback Taron Johnson became the fifth member of Buffalo's 2018 draft class to sign his rookie contract.

A day after getting the last four picks in their 2018 draft class signed, the Buffalo Bills added fourth-round pick Taron Johnson to the list.

Buffalo signed Johnson on Friday morning, just a few hours before the first practice of rookie minicamp.

The highly decorated cornerback out of Weber State played both inside and outside for the Wildcats, but will begin his career with the Bills in the slot.

“That’s where he played, inside,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “He’s played outside as well. He’s offering that flexibility, that versatility playing inside and outside.”

Just one of a handful of FCS invites to the Senior Bowl this past January, Johnson was an appealing player for the Bills because of his aggressive style against both the run and the pass.  

“He’s tough. He tackles which seems like is a lost art for a lot of DBs… corners in particular in this league,” said McDermott. “So, that’s something we look for. Had an opportunity to be around him at the Senior Bowl, and I was impressed.”

“I feel like it’s definitely one of my strong suits,” said Johnson of his physical style of play. “I try and play corner more like a safety, if you will. I try and be as aggressive as possible and that’s something that I’m looking forward to doing in the NFL.”

Johnson will likely battle veteran free agent signing Phillip Gaines for the nickel corner role in OTAs and minicamp.

“We’re going to see what happens,” he said. “Wherever they put me I’m ready to excel and master whatever position they put me in.”

With Johnson signing, only Buffalo top three draft choices remain unsigned in Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds and Harrison Phillips.