East Marion’s Johnathan Abram a top safety in 2019 NFL Draft

East Marion's Johnathan Abram a top safety in 2019 NFL Draft

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Johnathan Abram played quarterback most of his high school career at East Marion.

This weekend he’s likely to be drafted in the NFL as the top safety on the board.

Abram is projected to be selected in the first two rounds of the NFL’s 2019 Draft. The Columbia native opened the eyes of scouts following an all-SEC senior season at Mississippi State in which he led the SEC with 99 tackles.

A physical defensive back who loves contact, Abram’s college career began at Georgia. However, with the departure of Mark Richt, he transferred to Jones County Junior College for the 2016 season.

"I talked to him last Saturday night and he told me he had met with coach [Bill] Belichick for about two hours at the Patriots,” said Jones head coach Steve Buckley. “I can visualize Johnathan sitting in coach Belichick’s office just carrying on a conversation man to man. The thing that I would like to say about Johnathan – Johnathan works his tail off. He loves to talk and I think he gets a little rap sometimes for talking. I don’t know if it’s good or bad but Johnathan backs it up with work habit. He’s the hardest worker on the field, he’s the hardest worker in the offseason. He was a lot of fun to coach here."

Abram competed in the 2019 NFL Combine where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and jumped to 116 inches in the broad jump. The former East Marion Eagle enters Thursday’s draft at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds.

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