Utah CB Jaylon Johnson to have shoulder surgery after Combine
Utah Utes standout cornerback Jaylon Johnson is set to undergo shoulder surgery after participating in the NFL scouting combine this week.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Dr. Peter Millett, a noted surgeon from Colorado, wrote a letter to all 32 teams saying that he recommended surgery for Johnson, and he will perform the procedure on March 4th.
Johnson suffered a torn-labrum back in September, but was able to play the rest of the season and was named a second-team All-American. Johnson’s agent Doug Hendrickson said his client is one tough guy, and he didn’t want to let his teammates down:
“He wanted to play for his team last season and not let them down. The guy’s tough as nails for fighting through that the whole year, and he wanted to compete at the combine at the highest level.”
Jaylon Johnson still had one year left of college eligibility but decided to enter the draft and is expected to be selected in the first couple of rounds. There are some who believe he could even be a first-round draft pick, and who knows if this injury will have any impact on his draft stock.
This is a similar situation to Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, who participated in the combine last season and then underwent the surgery. Tillery was ready to play Week 1 and had a strong season.
The hope is that Johnson will have a fast recovery and will also be ready for Week 1 for whatever team selects him.