49ers select USC WR Johnson in 6th round

April 30, 2011, 8:15 pm
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April 30, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe 49ers made their first sixth-round pick Saturday afternoon, drafting Ronald Johnson, the wide receiver from USC.
Johnson reunites with wide receivers coach John Morton, who coached USC wideouts for the past four seasons before coach Jim Harbaugh hired him onto his 49ers' staff.Johnson said when he learned Morton took the job with the 49ers, he thought that there was a chance he could follow his position coach into the NFL. That thought became a reality when Morton got Johnson on the phone Saturday afternoon."We talked at the combine, and we were talking about USC," Johnson said. "Today was the day we talked about the draft."Although Harbaugh's relationship with rival USC seemed contentious, Johnson said there was a respect at USC for the job Harbaugh did at Stanford.
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"He's a very good coach," Johnson said. "He always had his guys coached up every time we played. We all respected him. He had his players doing the right things on and off the field."