PAC-12 pass defenders parting ways

The 2020 NFL Draft is incredibly deep at cornerback, and it’ll only get stronger with Utah’s Jaylon Johnson set to join the group. Johnson, a junior, has been having a stellar 2019 campaign, and as Tony Pauline revealed in his 2:25 update of the live blog, Johnson was announced with the departing seniors at Utah’s final home game, all but confirming his fate.

“Staying on the theme of PAC-12 underclassmen, I reported more than a month ago Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson would enter the draft. I am told prior to tonight’s game against Colorado, which is a nationally televised contest, Johnson will be announced with the other departing seniors as part of the senior night for the Utes.”

Johnson is entering the draft while his stock is high, but other PAC-12 cornerbacks didn’t capitalize on the timing nearly as well. Paulson Adebo was viewed as a potential first-round pick before the 2019 season, but he hasn’t been as dominant from a ball production standpoint in 2019. Per Pauline, Adebo is one of several Stanford underclassmen who scouts believe should return to college in 2020.

“I’m told area scouts believe all the top-rated underclassmen from the program should go back to school and the only Cardinal who may get a grade from the advisory committee suggesting jumping to the NFL is in their best interest is offensive tackle Walker Little

Cornerback Paulson Adebo is a fringe third-round pick after entering the season with top 42 grades while tight end Colby Parkinson has improved his production but really doesn’t knock the socks off any scouts.  Little stands head and shoulders above them all, yet he’s now a medical question mark.”

Adebo has the length and athletic traits to potentially be coveted by one or more teams in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he can potentially maximize his stock by staying another year, and he won’t be buried by the depth of the current cornerback class.