Zierlein includes the cornerback from Utah in a recent story in which he selects three picks in every round of the draft that he believes "could have substantial impacts on their new teams or have a great chance of eventually outplaying their draft slotting and turning into valuable members of the roster for the organizations that selected them."
The Bears spent the 50th overall selection on Johnson, who was a two-time first-team All-Pac 12 selection at Utah, where he played in 38 games with 29 starts the past three seasons and recorded 102 tackles, seven interceptions—returning two for touchdowns—21 pass breakups and one sack.
The 6-foot, 195-pounder's best year was 2018 when he set career highs with 41 tackles and four interceptions. Last season, Johnson earned second-team All-America honors. He started 13 games, ranking third in the Pac-12 with a team-leading 11 pass breakups.
"While Johnson has the strength and attitude to handle press man coverage, he also has the instincts and pattern recognition to fit Chicago's varied coverages," Zierlein wrote.
The other two second-round choices Zierlein praised were Louisiana tackle Robert Hunt, taken by the Dolphins at No. 39, and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, selected by the Colts at No. 41.