Villanova, known for its basketball, has produced only five NFL draft picks since after the 1981 draft. Cornerback Trey Johnson is making a run at being the sixth.
Johnson impressed scouts this week at Villanova’s Pro Day, with a reported 4.33-second 40-yard dash. He also did well in other testing, such as a 4.20-second 20-yard shuttle, a 36-inch vertical and a broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches.
He met afterward with representatives from the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, according to Pro Football Weekly.
Johnson (5-foot-11, 187 pounds) had two interceptions and broke up 13 passes last season for Villanova, which competes at the FCS level. If he wasn’t much on the draft radar before his Pro Day, his blazing speed and athletic profile are traits teams will have to consider late in the draft, or at least when they quickly extend offers to priority free agents to bring into camp.
Villanova went from 1981 — when Howie Long was a second-round pick — to 2002 (when Brian Westbrook became a third-round selection) without putting a player into the draft. The Wildcats have produced two second-rounders since then — offensive tackle Ben Ijalana in 2011 and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon last year.