Photo of Jaleel Johnson
Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 4
  • Pick 2
  • Overall 109

Combine Results

5.62 ?
  • 5.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 100.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.62 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Vikings draft some insurance for Shariff Floyd. Johnson brings some versatility to the Vikings' DL but he's a run-stuffer first with some penetrating ability on pass downs. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 316LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


Johnson grew up in Brooklyn, but his parents sent him to live with an aunt in Chicago for his high school years -- a move likely to be paid off with a long NFL career. He had to wait a while before getting significant playing time due to Iowa's depth in the interior defensive line. Johnson redshirted in 2012, played in seven games as a reserve the following season (one tackle), and then had 11 tackles, 2.5 for loss, as a reserve in 2014. Given the starting role as a junior, Johnson garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten honors (45 tackles, 5.5 for loss, four sacks). He stepped up his game in 2016, being named first-team all-conference after doing something rare for an interior lineman -- leading his team with 10 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.



Has good foot quickness and a plus motor. Early bird into the neutral zone off the snap. Accelerates into blockers with forceful punch at point of attack. Maximizes his length. Uses one-arm jab and long-arm push to disengage from blockers and generate a bull rush. Loose hips and flexible upper body are play-making tools. Plays with good energy and gives you what he's got. Won't catch him leaning on blocks for a rest. Hands and feet are in constant concert to improve positioning and defeat run or pass blocks. Rushes with both effort and skill. Always working to the edge of a blocker with quick feet and violent hands. Change-of-direction talent creates difficulties for plodding guards. Had one of his finest games in upset over third-ranked Michigan.


Too upright at point of attack. Narrow base and elevated pad level create issues for him against double teams. Might not have the anchor necessary to operate inside a two-gap scheme. Contact balance is below average. Unable to consistently fight back against a quality down block. Is a little soft around the middle and lacking thickness through arms. Limited number of tackles for loss. Can be a little slow to recognize screen passes.

Draft Projection

Round 3-4

NFL Comparison

Ziggy Hood

Bottom Line

Active defensive tackle with the motor and athleticism to find production in the NFL. Johnson doesn't have the functional anchor that teams looking for a run-stuffer will be after. However, his effort, foot quickness and hand usage should create opportunities for him as a pass rusher. Johnson has the talent to become an eventual starter as a three-technique in a penetrating defensive front and could fight for rotational reps early on as a rookie.
-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