Clemson safety Jadar Johnson signed a free agent contract on Saturday with the New York Giants after not being drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In all, Clemson had six players selected in the draft, which started with Mike Williams who was taken No. 7 overall by the L.A. Chargers on Thursday, while Watson was selected at No. 12 by the Houston Texans.
Three former Tigers were been taken on Saturday in the draft. Running back Wayne Gallman went No. 140 in the fourth round to the New York Giants. Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was picked at No. 142 to the Houston Texans in the fourth round as well, and then tight end Jordan Leggett in the fifth round to the New York Jets with pick 150.
Johnson came into his own in his only year as a starter for the Tigers. He became a First-Team All-ACC safety after he led the national champions with five interceptions. He also was second on the team in passes defended with seven.
The Orangeburg, S.C. native recorded 65 tackles and two tackles for loss. He was also an outstanding player on special teams where he played for four seasons and excelled.
Johnson was also a great competitor. He called out both Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Ohio State’s Big Ten Player of the Year, J.T. Barrett. He backed up his talk with big games in both, including six tackles against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl win and an interception of a Jackson pass in the victory over Louisville.