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NFL invites Wake Forest corner Kevin Johnson (River Hill) to attend draft in Chicago

Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson has been invited by the NFL to attend the draft in Chicago, according to league sources.

The River Hill graduate is leaning toward accepting the invitation, sources say. Johnson is a projected first-round draft pick.

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Johnson has a visit with the Dallas Cowboys Thursday and private workouts already with the San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, a dinner meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers and upcoming private workouts with the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers.

The 6-foot, 188-pound all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at the NFL scouting combine with a 41.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-10 broad jump, a 3.89 short shuttle and a 6.79 three-cone drill.

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A four-year starter who never missed a game due to an injury, Johnson has drawn strong interest from the Steelers. General manager Kevin Colbert, secondary coach Carnell Lake, player personnel coordinator Dan Rooney Jr. and pro personnel coordinator Brandon Hunt traveled to Johnson's campus pro day workout.

After signing with Wake Forest at just 154 pounds, Johnson has put on 34 pounds since enrolling in school. As a freshman at River Hill, Johnson was just 5 feet tall and 96 pounds.

Johnson rushed for 1,220 yards and averaged roughly nine yards per carry as a senior and was named an all-star cornerback. Johnson was part of a 40-game winning streak at River Hill that included two Class 2A state championships. He chose Wake Forest over Wisconsin and West Virginia.

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