Rams select Montana's Johnson in third round

Don't confuse the "small-school" reputation of the FCS with the University of Montana.

The Grizzlies have produced a strong number of NFL players in recent years and the latest is cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the second pick of the third round of the draft Friday night - the 65th overall pick.

Well-built and athletic at 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, Johnson has natural ball skills for either man-to-man or zone coverage. He could be switched to free safety in the NFL and can contribute on special teams in the return game.

Johnson finished his Montana career with 15 interceptions and 39 pass breakups.

It was the third straight year Montana had at least one draft selection. Johnson was the first Montana player drafted in the top three rounds since Scott Gragg was picked in the second round in 1995.

Johnson's teammate, linebacker Caleb McSurdy, was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (222nd overall) on Saturday.