Of the many that try, only a few football players ever fulfill their dreams of making it to the National Football League. Last Sunday, former Southern standout defensive back Danny Johnson watched his dream become a reality.
After the conclusion of the NFL preseason in early September, teams were required to reduce their active roster sizes from 75 to 53 players. While most undrafted free agents typically don’t survive final cuts, the 5 foot 9, 181-pound product of East Feliciana, LA earned his spot on the
Washington Redskins roster, officially listed as a cornerback and kick returner.
The star collegiate defensive back enjoyed an illustrious college career while defending the gold and blue. He amassed a total of 17 interceptions over his career, including 7 picks during his junior year alone. As a senior he was placed in multiple on-field situations on both sides of the ball. He scored a rushing, receiving, and passing touchdown, along with 3 interceptions and 55 tackles.
Southern University President-Chancellor took to Twitter to congratulate Johnson. “We are so very proud of you at your alma mater.”
It was during the Redskins Organized Training Activities (OTAs) where the former jaguar caught the attention of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. When asked about Johnson and fellow UDFA Cam Sims, making the team, he said, “Consistency, really, and then when you turn the lights on they play in games and make big plays”, according to NBC Sports Washington.
While he may have to climb the depth chart to receive defensive snaps, he may not have to wait long to see in game action.