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Jacksonville Jaguars select Antonio Johnson in the fifth round, 160th overall

April 29, 2023
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Antonio Johnson, who twice earned All-SEC and All-America recognition at Texas A&M, was taken in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.

The defensive back was selected 160 overall.

Johnson becomes the highest-drafted A&M defensive back since Armani Watts was selected in the fourth round in 2018Justin Evans was a second-round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017. A&M has not had a defensive back selected in the first round since cornerback Sammy Davis was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the 2003 Draft.

He’s the first A&M defensive back to be drafted since safety Donovan Wilson was taken in the sixth round of the 2019 Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Johnson was named to the Associated Press All-SEC in 2021 and 2022. He was also named a Pro Football Focus All-American in 2021 and 2022.

A good tackling defensive back with strong coverage skills, Johnson came to Texas A&M in the sixth-ranked 2020 recruiting class as a four-star prospect out of East St. Louis (Ill.) High School.

Playing primarily as a nickel back, Johnson completed his A&M career with 164 tackles, including 14 for lost yardage. He also had two sacks, eight passes broken up, four forced fumbles and an interception.

Though Johnson missed all of three games and most of another to injury in 2022, he still posted 71 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, a pass broken up and three forced fumbles.

He had at least eight tackles in six games and had double-figure tackle totals in four.

Johnson’s best season was in 2021 as a sophomore. He had 79 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, a sack, five passes broken up and forced a fumble. He also had an interception in a victory over Missouri.

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Jacksonville Jaguars select Antonio Johnson in the fifth round, 160th overall

5,117 Views | 7 Replies | Last: 1 yr ago by Detmersdislocatedshoulder
LatinAggie1997
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Whoop!
Maroon Flash
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Jags got a freaking steal
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Aggie1188
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How did he plummet that far?
RaggedConverge
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Congrats AJ
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Why can't we have seniors
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Gig em, AJ! You changed my 8 year old sons life when you high fived him in the fan tunnel before the Miami game. I had this picture canvased and it hangs proudly in his room next to the fan tunnel laminate. You were his favorite player for some time because you always played so hard. What a great memory that you helped create. Thank you so much.

Good luck in the NFL. Gig em!

Detmersdislocatedshoulder
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this will be on the steals of the draft. in today's football a nickel is one of the more important positions on the field. antonio johnson is a beast. dude will be an all pro during his career.
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