The San Francisco 49ers continued their selections on Day three as they drafted North Carolina State DB Dontae Johnson in the fourth-round (No. 129). Another high character player as Johnson was a member of the 2013 Wolfpack Leadership Council while double majoring in sports management and business adiminstration, Johnson will be at best a developmental project at the next level. In 2013, Johnson recorded 82 tackles, five pass break-ups and three interceptions. Considered to be a tweener as he can play either cornerback or safety, it will be interesting to see how 49ers secondary coach coach Ed Donatell will utilize his skill set.
At 6-2 and 200 pounds, Johnson is the big bodied cornerback the 49ers were desperately seeking. At the NFL scouting combine Johnson put up measurables of a 4.45 (40-yard dash), 12 reps on the bench-press, 38.5-inch vertical, 124-inch broad jump, and 6.82 three-cone drill. The 49ers who continue to revamp their secondary as they lost their entire 2012 NFC Championship starters on the back end, have now gained a fountain of youth.
Johnson on why he chose not to go to Stanford: “It was too far, I wanted to stay closer to home.”
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) May 10, 2014
With the 49ers selecting SS Jimmie Ward (NIU) in the first-round and now Johnson in the fourth-round, the 49ers continue to build their roster via the draft and not free-agency.