5 safeties the Buffalo Bills should monitor at the 2023 NFL Combine

Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills, Antonio Johnson
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Safety. Antonio Johnson. . 873. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. . player

I’ve mentioned Antonio Johnson previously in an article when I profiled some of the safeties the Buffalo Bills might target in the first few rounds.  Johnson is certainly an option in Round 1 of the NFL Draft, should the Bills decide to address the position early in the draft.

I think Johnson would be a solid first-round selection and give the team additional options and depth.  We know Micah Hyde will be back but he’s in the final year of his deal and it is unknown if he’ll return to play for the Bills beyond the 2023 season.  Adding Johnson to the mix gives the Buffalo Bills some insurance going forward and if Benford can successfully make the transition to safety, the Bills could be set with a solid tandem of safeties for the next few years once again.

The tape of Johnson shows a willingness to play run support and isn’t afraid to play in the box, plus his football IQ is outstanding.  Another thing that stands out is throughout the 2022 season, Johnson lined up in multiple positions, ranging from deep safety to slot, to inside the box.  He even had 49 snaps lined up along the defensive line.  He has great versatility and can be used in a variety of ways.

The Bills will undoubtedly want to get him in for the interview process and want to see how he performs in the various drills.