Editors Note: 49ers draft pick Dontae Johnson spoke with Bay Area media members shortly after he was drafted. Below is a transcript of his conference call:
Can you get us up to speed on where things stand with your knee and where you are right now in your rehab?
“Things are going pretty good right now. I’m making pretty good progress. So, I’m just going to work with the 49ers doctors from here and keep the progress going.”
Did they bring you out? Have they looked at your knee at this point?
“I met with the doctors at the combine recheck in Indianapolis about two or three weeks ago.”
You tore the ACL in October and then had to have a second surgery in February. Is that right?
Why the need for the second surgery?
“There were some things that they needed to fix. I won’t go into any specifics on it, but everything’s cleaned up now so I should be good to go.”
Did you re-tear it?
“It wasn’t re-torn. They just needed to fix something.”
It was just your body was rejecting the cadaver graft? Is that what it was?
Do you get the impression that this year is just going to be a year to get yourself healthy and then re-try, try to make the team in 2015?
“I’m just going to go with the speed that the doctors tell me to go. I’m going to follow their rehab protocol. So, if that’s what they feel is best then, you know, that’s what I’m going to go with.”
Obviously you didn’t do any of the running pre-draft. Last year when you had a Pro Day down there, what was your 40 time like?
“I was a slow 4.3, 4.32 is actually my fastest 40 time. I’m definitely trying to get back to that, even faster.”
With that speed, did they have you returning punts and kicks at Florida Atlantic?
“Yeah. I started off the season returning kicks, but they kind of limited me on special teams to more so focus on defense. But, I started off the season returning kicks, kick returns.”
For somebody who hasn’t seen you play, describe your game as a cornerback?
“I think I’m a guy that can do it all. Press. I can play off. I think I’m an all-around guy. I think I know the game well. I think I pick up on the defense. I think I’m an all-around corner.”
Did you talk much with the 49ers during this process?
“Yeah. That’s probably the team I talked to the most over the course of the season and at the combine as well.”
You didn’t make a visit out here though did you?
Who did you talk to and who did you hit it off with the 49ers?
“I talked to each coach, everybody. But, I definitely loved coach [49ers head coach Jim] Harbaugh’s vibe. He definitely seemed like a player’s coach to me.”
Did you have a formal interview at the combine?
So, do you have some 49ers shirts and hats?
“Yeah. I got a hat and a bag.”
Given your injury, were you at all concerned you wouldn’t get drafted or is this about where you thought you might go?
“Obviously I wasn’t sure of anything and I heard different things from different teams. I really wasn’t putting much, I really wasn’t setting a number, an exact round on it. I’m just grateful, so grateful.”
When will you be coming out to the San Francisco area? Do you know?
“I believe tomorrow.”
Will you be here then to start your rehab? Is this a long-term stay or just kind of a check-in stay?
“I’m not exactly sure. They haven’t run me through everything yet. But, from my understanding I think tomorrow.”
Courtesy 49ers public relations department