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April 28, 2012

Eastern Washington safety, taken in fourth round, 'felt at home' right away in visit to Dallas

Eastern Washington safety Matt Johnson, drafted with the compensatory pick in the fourth round, is a long way from Dallas, but he’s a Cowboys fan.

“My dad was a Cowboys fan, so I remember the first day, watching them with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin,” he said. “I had the Emmitt Smith jersey growing up. So from the first time I can remember watching football, I was a Cowboys fan.”

He visited Chicago and Philadelphia, also, but was impressed most by Cowboys Stadium.

“The Cowboys probably have the best facilities in all of the NFL, so it’s hard not to fall in love with it,” he said. “I felt at home as soon as I walked through the doors. It was a great visit, and I can’t wait for a minute longer to be a Cowboy.”

Johnson intercepted 15 passes and forced five fumbles in college. He’ll be expected to help on special teams with the Cowboys, which is fine with him.

“I was on the punt team all four years and then on and off of kickoff and punt return,” he said. “I loved being on special teams, then I got pulled off because I was a starter on defense and coaches wanted to save me, I guess. But I’m ready to be on anything coach wants me to be on. I’ll do anything. I’m excited to play special teams, and I want to be there, and I’m really passionate about playing special teams.”

Johnson had a biceps injury and a concussion in college, but he said he’s at top health right now.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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At least two other teams were looking at Johnson in the 5th round, and frankly given his pro day numbers the only reason he lasted that long is because of the biceps injury that cut short his senior year. If he's healthy as a senior he probably goes in the 3rd round.

Wow, we have some geniuses here. So the Cowboys should have not drafted Johnson and instead drafted Thomas who was so well-thought of that he went undrafted? People are complaining because the draft "gurus" said he should be drafted late yet they wanted players that no team felt was worth drafting? And seriously, Taylor Thompson? You suggest the Cowboys using a 4th round pick on a college DE to TE conversion who never caught a pass in college? Then you guys would be complaining about Jerry using picks on projects. Mil, who's this Johnson guy from South Carolina that we should have picked? You're such an expert you don't even know his name?

Didn't understand this pick. Tramain Thomas, S, Arkansas was on the board. Even though Thomas went undrafted and eventually signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent..Jerry could have waited another round or two and drafted Thomas.

This might be the most confusing pick in the last ten + years, especially using a 4th round pick on a guy who wasn't even projected to get drafted. Get him in the 7th round! Hopefully he pans out though.

He was projected to be undrafted. So we will see how this works out Johnson from South Caroilna was available.

Got him in the 4th round?!?
When: "..multiple mock drafts did not project him to be selected..."
NOT SELECTED...Again was Jerry picking Players Early, especially when a local talent TE Taylor Thompson, SMU -- tight end - 6-6, 265-pound was still there??

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