What are your measurements (height, weight and forty
I was right around a 4.45 forty at the pro day. I
am 6’0, 209 pounds.
When you were coming out of high school, what
programs showed interest in you?
I had three offers. Nebraska, ASU and Arizona.
Why did you decide to go to Arizona State?
I was committed to Nebraska. It was my first
interaction with the school. It was a first college
experience. When it came to crunch time, I decided
that I wanted to go to Arizona State. They were
coming off a 10-2 record while Nebraska was going
through a coaching change. I wanted to go where it
was structured already. That is why I chose ASU.
Where are you training for the NFL Draft?
I am back in Arizona right now. I am working out at
ASU. I was training at the Factory training
facility in Westlake, CA.
Were you happy with the results at your pro day?
My numbers didn’t really stack up with what I did at
the Combine when it came to the broad jump and the
vertical jump. But I was satisfied with the field
work. I was satisfied with how I performed in the
drills. I felt that it went really well.
Describe your Scouting Combine experience.
It was a love and hate type of thing. It is all
mental. They try to keep you out as late as they
can and wake you up as early as they can. You are
constantly going through physical and mental
examinations. You do psyche and reaction tests.
Those things kind of drain you. Then you are
getting bombarded with the same questions from each
scout. It becomes competitive. Overall, it was a
lifetime experience to be there with the other great
athletes. I will always remember it.
Did you enjoy your experience at the 2013 East/West
I feel that I had more exposure at the Combine. The
drills went a lot faster, and everything was
spotlighted on you in Indy. I had a good week while
I was out there in Florida. But there were so many
players during the game that needed to be rotated
in. We had a deep safety class. Your reps were
limited. You just had to maximize your reps when
you got them. It didn’t help that the clock would
constantly tick. I felt like there were a lot of
reps that were wasted because the clock didn’t
Did you bond with any of the players during that
I bonded well with all of the secondary players. I
bonded with Micah Hyde from Iowa State (cornerback),
Bradley McDougald from Kansas (safety), Nigel Malone
from Kansas State (cornerback) and Jahleel Addae
from Central Michigan (safety). We all just clicked
and got on the same page.
Which players stood out to you during the week of
I think that Bradley McDougald stood out to me. He
was a memorable guy. Micah Hyde was the first guy
that I started talking to. I watched those guys a
lot because we bonded during the week. Those guys
stood out to me.
What was the most memorable experience for you at
the Shrine Game?
It was definitely the hospital. I didn’t know how I
was going to feel. I didn’t know if I really wanted
to be around children that day. It was great being
there and interacting with them on that day. It was
heart changing event. I would definitely recommend
participating in it one day. I definitely see
myself going back there in the future.
What is the feedback that you have received from
scouts and coaches during this draft process?
I could be an early third to a mid-round pick. I am
feeling right around third or fourth round. I think
that I am one of the better safeties coming out of
this draft class.
You played in 49 games at Arizona State. Tell me
about your overall career at ASU.
My last year at ASU was my best year. I was a
rotational player before my senior season. I did a
lot of special teams work. I met a lot of great
guys that were on the team. I have built some
lifetime relationships. My senior year put me in
the position to show a lot of teams that I still
have a lot more football left in me. It was my
first year running the defense. It showed that I
was capable of playing the safety position.
What was the transition like this past year going
from Coach Erickson to Coach Graham?
I will tell you this about Todd Graham. He came in
and identified the problem at hand. He identified
the problem that kept us from being successful.
Everybody knew that we had talented players. We had
talented running backs and a talented defense. The
problem was with discipline that kept us from
winning those close games. He let everyone know
that he is the man calling the shots. He told us
that we all need to get on board fast. I was one of
the guys that got on board, and the transition went
smoothly. He definitely put me in the position to
have a chance to play at the next level.
Is your best football still ahead of you?
Yes, it is. It was my first year taking over the
starting position. I learned the defense very
quickly. There is not as much wear and tear on my
body. I am capable of doing a lot of things that
teams will ask for. I still have a lot of fuel in
the tank. There is definitely a lot more football
ahead of me.
What do you enjoy the most about being a safety?
I like being the general. You are the hammer and
not the nail. There is a lot of responsibility back
there. There are a lot of players in front that
depend on you. I like being depended on. It is not
a position for everybody to play.
What are your strengths?
I pride myself on being a smart safety. I am
physical back there. I am a game changer. I like
to make the receiver think about catching that ball
when he comes across the middle. There is nothing
more exciting than seeing a big hit.
What areas of your game do you need to improve
I need to continue to learn the game.
What is the highlight of your career?
It was definitely my last three games at ASU. When
we played Arizona, we were down 14-0 in the first
quarter. Everybody thought that we would get blown
out. Guys rallied around, and I created two
turnovers. I had a fumble and an interception. Our
bowl game against Navy was a tear jerking moment.
What was it like to play in your first ever bowl
game against Navy during your senior season?
It was a great feeling. Coach Graham came in and he
changed the program. We finished 8-5 during that
year. It was the best season since I have been at
ASU. It was great to see the program end the season
on a high note with a win. They can use it as a
springboard into next season. It was great that I
was part of it.
Who is the toughest player that you have faced
during your career?
I like the way Johnathan Franklin out of UCLA ran
the ball. He was tough. He would try to bruise you
and try to pick up those extra yards.
What is your favorite NFL team?
I am a big fan of the Redskins. My favorite player
was Sean Taylor. I have always liked him as a
Who is the next great player at Arizona State?
Let’s start on the defensive side of the ball. We
have DT Will Sutton and LB Carl Bradford. I feel
like the boundary safety Alden Darby will have a
breakout season. On the offensive side of the ball,
we have RB D.J. Foster, RB Marion Grice and QB
What did you enjoy the most about playing college
The experience of being around other players that
are trying to achieve the same goals and dreams.
You run into a lot of guys that are just satisfied
of being on the team. But it is great to see guys
that try to change the program. I was playing with
great secondary players at ASU my senior year. We
were one of the top ranked pass defenses in the
What are your hobbies?
I listen to a lot of music. I watch a lot of
movies. I play video games.
Finish the sentence, Keelan Johnson is….
A tough, dependable, hard-working young man.