Photo of Dorian Johnson
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 4
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 115

Combine Results

5.78 ?
  • 5.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.39 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5.09 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Carson Palmer was hit 117 times in 2016, most among all quarterbacks. Johnson adds some talent to the Cardinals interior OL and should get an opportunity to compete for a starting job this season. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 35 1/4" Arm Length
  • 300LBS. Weight
  • 10 7/8" Hands


Johnson was a five-star recruit as a tackle coming out of high school, but Pitt coaches convinced him that a move to guard made sense for the team -- and for his future. They were right. Since his freshman year, when he started twice at left tackle and once at right guard, Johnson has been a fixture at the left guard position. He started 39 straight games for the Panthers, winning second-team All-ACC honors as a junior as well as first-team all-conference and multiple All-American awards in 2016.



Solid athlete when asked to play in space. Plays with leg drive as run blocker. Uses choppy, accelerated feet into contact and keeps chopping them through contact to secure the block. Operates with quality balance and limited waist-bending. Has the arm length of a tackle. Understands his job on each play. Has an accurate radar in seeking out second-level targets and connecting at a high percentage. Excels on short pulls with smooth lateral footwork and solid, squared contact. Keeps hands inside and will punch and re-set hands when necessary. Sets up with good base and anchor in pass pro.


Is a little inconsistent with smoothness coming out of his stance. At times too aggressive when he moves up to second level and will climb beyond his target. Needs to improve patience on his climb to create more consistency with his angles. Needs to let hands go more quickly in run game. Punches and pushes target with authority but doesn't snatch the framework and lock in, allowing active defenders to spin and squirm out of his blocks.

Draft Projection

Round 2-3

Sources Tell Us

"Hard-nosed and smart. I like everything about him -- his length, his frame, his toughness, his durability, his consistency. Ten-year starter in the league." -- NFC South scout

NFL Comparison

Jack Mewhort

Bottom Line

Five-star prospect coming out of high school, Johnson was a full-time starter for three years at Pitt and was known for his consistency and well-rounded game. He has functional power to turn defenders out of the hole and enough athleticism to match any run-game scheme. Johnson doesn't carry bad weight and should be able to add more bulk with no problem. While he has some weaknesses, nothing appears to be glaring and he should set into a starter's role right away and become a solid NFL guard.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster