NFL Draft Diamonds Spotlight Interview: Aaron Johnson, WR, Virginia-Lynchburg
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
How did you come to make your college decision?
Went to Saint Paul’s College in 2009 right out of high school, then left in 2010 when I had my son. Then my receiver’s coach called and told me to come play for him here at VUL, and the rest is history.
Where are you training, and what are your goals for pro day/combines?
I am training at my school, Virginia University of Lynchburg. And my goals would be to be number 1 overall but especially number in my position.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
Yes they have. And they’re saying that I have a lot of strength and run my routes really good. Nice speed off the line.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
How strong I am. You’re not gonna find many receivers that are as strong as me, and with speed to match it.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
What are the corner’s habits. What he does in situations, What he does when facing bigger recovers to smaller ones, his techniques his footwork.. does he break good on balls do he go for the first move, his man and zone coverage, do they look in the back field a lot just look at there strengths and weaknesses
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
David Wilson former VT Hokie and now NY Giant
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
I really don’t compare myself to other players but if I had to choose it would be Larry Fitzgerald.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
I had my son at a early age and wasn’t ready to become a parent, but he made me mature and gave me another reason to pursue my dream and give a better life than I had.
What system fits your style of play the best?
AIR RAID. Throw me the ball as much as possible
What is your biggest strength?
My release off the line.
What is your biggest weakness?
If I were a GM and gave you a minute to sell yourself, what would you say?
You pick me and I would be the best asset to the team. I play everything, and you could use me many different ways from offense defense and every special teams.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My mother. She is who got me into football, and she taught me never to give up and go after what you want.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
Fave team is the St. Louis Rams. They have been my team since I was young. I dont know any other team. And player is Percy Harvin. He is electrifying on the field. I’ve been watching him play since I was a freshman in high school.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Lashontae Heckard, Jerry Rice and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter
What would you buy with your first NFL paycheck?
Its going to my mother. She deserves the world so the first is all her.