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Texas A&M Quarterback Jerrod Johnson Falls From Heisman to Hartford

One thing I will do is admit when I'm wrong. And Aggies fans, I was wrong about this one and y'all were right.

Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson was indeed good enough to be a first-round draft pick.

In the United Football League.

The Hartford Colonials last night made Johnson the first overall draft pick in the UFL, a five-team league set to start its third season playing on Sundays in August. The other first-round picks: Florida cornerback Reynaldo Hill, Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn, Utah defensive end Martail Burnett and Furman offensive tackle Joel Bell.

At the beginning of the 2010 college football season I scoffed at Johnson being on some writers' Heisman Trophy watch lists and even at him being named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Year. I think I said at the time that if he maxed out he'd be Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Wrong again.

After a senior season in which he was benched in favor of former receiver Ryan Tannehill, Johnson now finds himself in Connecticut playing for former Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville. Quite a plunge.

Johnson, 6-5 and 240 pounds, both holds the Big 12 Conference record of 242 consecutive passes without an interception set in 2009 and last season threw nine picks in the Ags' first five games.

Nothing personal against A&M's all-time leading passer. I hear he's a great kid. Just thought he was way overrated, that's all. And now, apparently 32 NFL teams agree.

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Richie Whitt
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