Sports Illustrated Predicts Key Browns Offseason Addition to Make First Pro Bowl

Larry Rupp
Sports Illustrated predicts Cleveland Browns safety John Johnson to make the Pro Bowl in 2021.
Sports Illustrated predicts Cleveland Browns safety John Johnson to make the Pro Bowl in 2021. / Nick Cammett/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns made a splashy move this offseason, inking former Los Angeles Rams safety John Johnson III to a three-year, $33.7 million deal in free agency. Sports Illustrated seems to believe that the aggressive decision is going to pay off, projecting that Johnson will make his first Pro-Bowl appearance in 2021.

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Johnson was rated as the top safety in the NFL last season as a part of the Los Angeles Rams and now joins a talented Browns' defense. He is coming off a season in which he started all 16 regular season games and racked up 105 tackles, 8 pass breakups and 1 interception.

Despite his stellar play, Johnson did not make the Pro Bowl in 2020. The four-year pro is now set to be a leader in this secondary and has become a shutdown coverage player. Johnson can cover all types of opposing pass-catchers and has the speed necessary to keep up with the AFC North offenses.

The 25-year-old playmaker was the only safety in the NFL last season to earn PFF grades above 80.0 in four key categories: overall defense, coverage, run defense and tackling.

Cleveland has the pieces in place to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender and the addition of Johnson could prove to be massive. The Browns currently have the seventh-best odds to win it all, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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