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Report: Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson Could Be First Cornerback Taken in NFL Draft

Is the former Wake Forest great going to be the first corner taken on Thursday?

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Talk is reporting that former Wake Forest cornerback has become the top cornerback on several NFL draft boards.

Could this report be misinformation from teams trying to create a smokescreen? Absolutely, but ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. announced on SportsCenter yesterday that Kevin Johnson was the top cover corner in this year's draft.

He backed up with 41 starts of excellent production with a dominant combine performance. That's excactly why DRAFT gurus and NFL executives believe Johnson is the best corner in the draft and will be a difference maker in the league.

It's a near certainty that Kevin Johnson's name will be called during Thursday night's 1st round. There are simply too many teams with secondary needs towards the end of the first round (if he even drops that far). If/when that happens, he will become the highest Wake Forest player drafted, since Aaron Curry was selected 4th overall in 2009.

In a pass-happy league dominated by quarterbacks, it's becoming more and more important to have excellent secondary play.

The kid who was just 5 feet tall and 96 pounds as a freshman in high school has come a long way, and is set to make life miserable for NFL wide receivers on Sunday's for years to come.