IU’s Jamar Johnson receives invite to NFL scouting combine

Indiana safety Jamar Johnson has been invited to the NFL scouting combine — albeit a modified one.

While the usual gathering of prospects in Indianapolis will not occur in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an invitation to the combine means Johnson can participate in virtual meetings with team personnel and go through the medical screening process.

All individual workouts will be held during pro days on college campuses. A memo from the league said it will work to encourage “consistency in testing and drills” and that clubs have access to video from those workouts.

Colleges will also be asked to conduct virtual media availabilities with combine invitees as a subsitute for the availabilities that were usually part of the combine in Indy.

Johnson and running back Stevie Scott were the two juniors who chose to leave IU early for the NFL Draft. IU also has other potential pro prospects in wide receiver Whop Philyor, defensive tackle Jerome Johnson, and offensive lineman Harry Crider. Jerome Johnson and Crider were both invited to the East-West Shrine Bowl’s virtual events following the season.

Jamar Johnson was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2020, finishing second on the Hoosiers with 43 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. He also had four interceptions, tied for the team lead with cornerback Jaylin Williams.

It was a breakout campaign for Johnson, who started his sophomore season as Marcelino Ball’s backup at the “husky” position. Johnson was moved to a traditional safety spot as a junior and was a catalyst for a defense that forced a FBS-best 17 interceptions in seven regular-season contests.

Johnson is the first IU draft prospect to announce he’s received a combine invite. The selection signals that Johnson will get a serious look from NFL scouts ahead of April’s draft.

3 comments

  1. This is good news for Johnson and the Hoosiers. I would think this invitation also means the other players moving on will get a good look from NFL teams. I wondered about Johnson moving on after just one season as a safety but thought he was probably told he would have a good chance of making it in the NFL.

    This year may be the one where several Hoosiers make NFL teams especially if Whitehead wants to try and make the NFL. This, if several make it in the NFL, is just another way it shows the IUFB is improving.

  2. Speaking of the NFL Draft, I just read the following in The Daily Hoosier. “Ramsey decided to forego a sixth year in college and is now training for the NFL Draft.” What? Did they get that right?

    I’m more than a little surprised by that news. It never occurred to me that Ramsey would try to make an NFL roster. He’s a great young man, a tough-as-nails competitor and a winner, but he doesn’t come close to having NFL-level QB talent. I don’t blame him for trying, and maybe he’s doing it just for the experience and/or to make contacts within the NFL in order to jump start his career in coaching. But I just don’t see PR being a part of any NFL roster; not even on the practice squad. In fact, I can’t see Ramsey even making a roster in Canadien Football. What am I missing?

  3. The good thing about this news is Peyton doesn’t have to wonder if he is good enough as he will have a chance to prove if he is. Peyton in the right system could make an NFL team but he would have to be in a system like SF ran when Bill Walsh and Joe Montana were there – I don’t know if it is used any more on any team.

    Po I agree it would be a long shot for Ramsey to make an NFL team but he does have traits teams look for in a QB.

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