CLEVELAND, Ohio — A few months ago, Indiana football safety Jamar Johnson announced he was skipping his final year of eligibility to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. Now, that dream is a reality as he was selected No. 164 by the Denver Broncos.

The standout safety was believed to be drafted either late in the second day or in the third day of the draft. He was ultimately drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round, 20th pick (164th overall).

The 6-0, 205 lbs safety climbed up the the mock draft boards over the past few weeks as scouts dissected his game tape. He is known to have exceptional movement, range, and skill. He has seven career interceptions in only 406 snaps for Indiana and in 2020 garnered first-team All-Big Ten by the media and second-team All-Big Ten honors by the coaches. One of the biggest issues for Johnson was missed tackles for the safety.

Jamar has held his opponents to a 31.7 passer rating allowed since 2019 which ranked as No. 1 of all safeties in the NFL draft.

This is the first Indiana defensive player to be drafted since 2018 when Chris Covington was drafted in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys.

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