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ESPN Draft Analyst Projects Kevin Johnson to Go in First Round

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Kevin Johnson is about to get paid.

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The NFL Combine is now over, and that of course means it's time for more mock drafts. Today ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay released his third mock draft, and Wake Forest fans will notice a very familiar player in his projections. Former Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson is now projected to go 14th to the Miami Dolphins.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dolphins: Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson projected at No. 14 overall to Miami in Todd McShay&#39;s Mock Draft 3.0 (ESPN) <a href="http://t.co/sDgUm6o62z">http://t.co/sDgUm6o62z</a></p>&mdash; ESPN 580 (@ESPNOrlando) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNOrlando/status/570979702283886592">February 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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In an earlier mock draft, ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. projected that KJ would go 22nd to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But when a corner is 6' 188 pounds, has nearly 40 career starts at the ACC level, a 41.5" vertical jump, and one of the best cone drill times over the past decade, then scouts will start to take notice. McShay took into consideration his physical tools, combined with his production, and moved him up to the first half of the first round.

Last year's 14th overall pick was cornerback Kyle Fuller, who was selected by the Chicago Bears. Fuller's rookie contract was a four year deal with $9.68M fully guaranteed and a $5.37M signing bonus. Not bad work if you can get it.

If Johnson gets drafted by the Dolphins, then he will get to go against Tom Brady twice a year. That will certainly be a challenge, but he must be salivating over the opportunity to play the Bills and Jets a total of four times each season.

We will continue to track where experts project KJ to go as the NFL Draft draws near. The 1st round will be on April 30th.