Draft Zone Spotlight: Dontavais Johnson, DB, Coastal Carolina
Dontavais spent two seasons at Hofstra, before transferring for the 2010 season after Hofstra dropped its football program. When he arrived at Coastal Carolina, he was able to sit behind NFL rookie Josh Norman in the secondary and work hard every day. After a solid senior season where he finished with 48 tackles, 4 interceptions, 6 pass break ups, and a forced fumble. Johnson stands and 5’10 and is fearless. It helps that he went up against Matt Hazel the star wide receiver on every play as well. I expect Johnson will be in a NFL camp this preseason, keep an eye on the hard working young man.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
I had two, Temple University and Middle Tennessee State
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Keyshawn Johnson
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
First I figure out the Tempo of the offense, see if they run more or pass more. Then what plays do they like to run, see if the QB has a go to guy, if so I want to match up with him. What routes do they like to run in the boundary or to the field and see if a WR gives hints on whether it’s a run or pass play.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
Being National player of the week and my teams Defensive MVP
Now that your college football eligibility is up what’s your next move?
I am currently training for my Pro day (March 26), after that I will continue to train until a NFL team decides to give me a shot, whether it’s through the NFL draft or Free Agency.
When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true?
I grew up in a talent rich neighborhood and I could always hold my own. I watched a lot of my neighbors go to division 1 schools and the NFL so I knew I could do the same.
What is your favorite food?
Rice, Beans, & Chicken.
Do you have any pre game rituals?
Listen to music, think about my past which motivates me every day, and pray!
What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late round flyer on you?
They will be getting a hard working guy that will be 100% committed to the organization and a player that will bring excitement and motivation to the team.
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
When my older brother went to prison, I realized I couldn’t follow in his footsteps if I wanted to take care of my family. I had to step up to be the leader and a prime example for my family to follow. I did this by going off to college, graduating, and working hard every day to make my dreams come true.
Who has had your back through the good and the bad as you’ve moved on balancing life as a student athlete?
My Mother and my roommate
What’s your plan if you go undrafted?
Get signed as a free agent and make the team. All I need is an opportunity.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
I really don’t know, but something for my Mom and Grandmother.
Finish this sentence for me, Come July 2013 I will be_____ .
A professional football player in the National Football League