Boise State's Jeron Johnson runs top safety time at NFL Scouting Combine

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

It was a pretty good NFL Scouting Combine for Boise State safety Jeron Johnson and Idaho safety Shiloh Keo.

Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds Tuesday, the top time among safety prospects at annual scouting drills in Indianapolis.

Johnson also was among the top performers in the bench press, lifting 225 pounds 23 times on Monday.

Johnson entered the combine hoping to run better than the 4.52 time he ran last year. Even though he didn't, Johnson still had the best time at safety, which is considered a down position in this year's draft.

Idaho safety Shiloh Keo, who did 24 reps in the bench press, was not listed among the top 10 performers at cornerback in the 40-yard dash. For some reason, Keo is listed among cornerbacks at the combine. He played safety throughout his career at Idaho and is expected to remain there in the NFL.

Keo tied for the top time in the 20-yard shuttle at 3.9 seconds with Tennessee-Chattanooga's Buster Skrine, who had a terrific combine.

Keo was third among cornerbacks in the 3-cone drill at 6.55 seconds. Boise State cornerback Brandyn Thompson was seventh among cornerbacks in the 3-cone drill at 6.66. Skrine was the top performer in the drill at 6.44.

Thompson finished seventh in the 60-yard shuttle at 11.13 seconds. Keo was tied for ninth at 11.19 seconds. Skrine won the drill at 10.75.

Thompson was not listed among the top 15 performers at his position in the combine. Thompson ran a 4.37 at Boise State and was hoping to run in the 4.3s in Indianpolis. The NFL.com list has all players who ran under a 4.50 at cornerback.

To bad

they have no way to measure heart & character. Way to go Broncos!

Heart & Character

Reminds me of a line from the movie, The Replacements. "We need heart!" or something like that ....

Jeron was absent from the position drills

Does anyone know why Jeron did not participate in the position drills? I watched part of the drills and he was not there. He was supposed to go right before Shilo Keo but was absent.

As much as I don't like to give any props to the hated Vandulls, Deion Sanders could not stop talking about how much he likes Shilo Keo and thinks he will do well in the NFL. Keo showed a lot of effort and did well in the drills. He definitely is a hard worker. As long as he doesn't have to try and keep Doug Martin out of the endzone, he should do well :).

Good for the BSU players and Shilo

Once the vandals leave North Idaho U, I want them to succeed. Shilo worked his behind off and deserves a good shot. It is great to see the local kids get a shot and perform. Good luck to all the players representing the state's universities.

Jeron Johnson

Jeron Johnson said in response to question why he did not do the position drills
"tweek'd my hammy.. I did my 40 tho so I'm good."