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Grade
48.5 ?
  • 4.78 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 239LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Johnson is a fifth-year player who didn't start for Kansas until his senior year. He was a former walk-on who worked his way to a scholarship and eventually a starting role, which is a testament to his key attribute as an NFL prospect: competitiveness and smarts. Johnson makes up for athletic hitches in his play by keying into the offense and flying around at top speed. He could get drafted late, but regardless stands a shot to make a roster as an immediate special teams contributor.

Analysis

Strengths

Johnson has good instincts to get his body to the ball. He has an ability to read blocking schemes and work to fill his gaps. He meets opposing offensive linemen with leverage so that he can maintain his run responsibilities and stay active in the play. He keeps blockers away from him both high, by using his hands, and at his feet, by bending down. He is a strong player who gets a lot of production by keeping blockers off him and understanding where they're coming from, a trait highly attractive to coaches of 3-4 schemes.

Weaknesses

Johnson will have to overcome the perception that he isn't physically talented enough to make it at the next level. There are various aspects to his game where he struggles, mainly in pass coverage. In both man-to-man and zone coverages, Johnson could have his athletic ability exploited in space in the NFL. He doesn't have the speed, footwork, or hip fluidity to cover some of the more athletic players at the next level. He will have to be drafted within a particular scheme that fits his needs in order to find success early.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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