Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 8/24/08: #9 FS, #157/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 5-6 2008 Preseason: Arrested in February 2008 for disorderly conduct, pushed a bar security guard at a Tuscaloosa bar. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 57 Sol-94 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 SK, 6 INT, 8 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Named 2007 Team Captain and earned UA's Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors … 2007 Coaches First-Team All-SEC selection … Starter in all 13 games ... led the team with 81 tackles and six interceptions ... tied for the SEC lead with six interceptions and tied for 10th nationally ... tied for 10th nationally with 0.50 interceptions per game ... also had eight pass breakups, good for second on the team, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble on the season. 2006: 10 GP; 0 GS; KR: 4-68-17-0; 22 Sol-33 TT, 1.5 TFL, 2 FF; Made his first career start against Hawai'i, recording six tackles. He also started at safety against Tennessee, Florida International and Mississippi State. He finished the season with 33 tackles, including 22 solo stops, 1.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. He had at least one tackle in all 11 of the games he played in. Johnson also returned four kickoffs for 68 yards. He missed the final two games of the regular season due to an ankle injury but returned for the PetroSun Independence Bowl against Oklahoma State and posted a career-high seven tackles. 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-8 TT, 1 FF; Johnson played in all 12 games, all on special teams. Johnson played a total of 196 snaps on the season on the Crimson Tide's punt, punt coverage and kickoff coverage units. 2004: Redshirted.
Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: S Rashad Johnson of Alabama was a surprise pick considering the Cardinals are deep at his position. But Johnson had 11 interceptions over the past two years. Free safety Antrel Rolle's contract could escalate next year by more than $5 million. It's good to have alternatives in the event the Cardinals can't re-sign him. A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 3/95 -- Rashad Johnson, S, 5-11, 203, Alabama...A bit of a surprise pick because the Cardinals are deep at safety. But Johnson was too good to pass on. The Cardinals sometimes play three or four safeties in certain dime packages, and Aaron Francisco, the third safety, has struggled in pass coverage. Johnson has excellent ball skills and could contribute immediately. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/21/12 - S Rashad Johnson (hamstring) has missed practice time this week and is questionable. Johnson had been playing in nickel and dime situations but starter Adrian Wilson is likely to stay on the field now.
12/20/12 - S Rashad Johnson (hamstring) is missing practice time this week. Johnson and James Sanders alternate in the team's nickel and dime packages. Adrian Wilson starts and could play the entire game, so there shouldn't be much of a decline in play.
10/21/12 - S Rashad Johnson started in the base defense, and James Sanders replaced him in some obvious passing situations. It's similar to what the Cardinals did last year when Kerry Rhodes missed seven games with a foot injury. Johnson, in his fourth season, is better defending against the run than in pass coverage, though he appears to be improving in the latter area.
09/05/12 - S Rashad Johnson (abdomen) is expected to play against the Seahawks.
04/17/12 - S Rashad Johnson, a former third-round pick who started last season while Kerry Rhodes was injured, re-signed with Arizona.