Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson, considered one of the elite small school prospects of this year's draft, was tased and arrested by Missoula, Montana police early Sunday morning.
Johnson, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 rated cornerback for the 2012 draft, was arrested along with junior quarterback Gerald Kemp around 3 am outside of a loud party. One of the players hit police in the chest. Each player grabbed at officers, according to police. NBC Montana reports that each "resisted and were tased. Both Johnson and Kemp faces charges of obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Both boded out of jail, and will appear in municipal court Monday."
Showing rare transparency that frankly other, bigger schools could take a lesson from, The University of Montana notes the arrests on their official website, quoting Missoula Police Sgt. Collin Rose as saying that "Alcohol appears to be a huge part of this. All charges are a misdemeanor at this time."
Misdemeanor or not, the situation is one that scouts will certainly want to take a look at. They'll be sure to do their due diligence as Johnson not only has pro size, he's proven to be quite a playmaker for the Grizzlies.
Johnson, 6-2 and 204 pounds, had been steadily rising up scouts' boards. An all-conference selection after each of the past three seasons, Johnson was recognized as an All-American in 2011, posting 44 tackles, seven passes broken up and four interceptions -- including two he returned for touchdowns. A year earlier, Johnson was even more productive, totaling five picks and 11 passes broken up.
This year opponents had largely stayed away from him. Of his 31 tackles thus far, 24 were of the solo variety. He had not recorded his first interception of the season, but had posted six pass breakups and forced a fumble. For his career, Johnson has 13 career interceptions.
There had already been speculation in the scouting community that the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game (among others) were considering inviting him. With the arrest, Johnson can only hope that he'll be allowed to participate in one of these premier all-star fesitivites not only to prove he can play with the elite talent in the country, but also to clear his name with pro teams.