Fred Johnson

Florida
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Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
West Palm Beach, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 7"
326 lbs
34”
Hands
10 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.18
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
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Johnson was a second-team All-State pick from West Palm Beach as a senior who decided to move north to Gainesville to play his college ball. He started twice at right tackle as a true freshman, playing in eight total games that season. Coaches tried him at both right-side positions in 2016, starting him twice at tackle and six times at guard. Johnson made a permanent home inside as a junior, starting 10 games at right guard. He then started all 13 games at that right guard spot in his final campaign for the Gators.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
John Wetzel
Overview
Huge guard prospect whose height and lack of knee bend tend to limit his effectiveness at a leverage-needy position. Athletic impediments make him scheme dependent as a run blocker while his sloppy hand placement prevents him from sustaining blocks and activating enough power. However, he has show that he understands his landmarks and how to attack them. Johnson flashes an impressive ability to keep rushers in front of him with a stiff punch and adequate balance in his mirror. He has day three, backup potential.
Strengths
  • Wide-body with long arms
  • Initial steps are mapped out and executed
  • Good job working his angles
  • Slides feet around defender's edge to seal
  • Gives effort and strain once he engages
  • Adequate punch accuracy in protection
  • Early arm extension keeps rushers at the end of his hands
  • Adequate mirror to stay in front of pass rushers
  • Wide base helps him defend gaps
  • Early recognition of twist development and is ready for it
  • Good snap and catch technique to defeat twist effectiveness
Weaknesses
  • Rare height works against him inside
  • Initial lateral steps are wide and heavy
  • Slippery hands slide out of place in run game
  • Loses core power due to poor hand placement
  • Excessive forward lean and rarely unlocks hips
  • Needs to run feet up under his hands
  • Drive blocking turns into push blocking
  • Straight-kneed and stiff in his movements
  • Unable to make adjustments in space
  • Gives up early anchor to bull-rush
  • Must learn to play with better bend in pass sets
Sources Tell Us

"He started football late and I don't know if he really loves football to be honest, but he's been getting better and he works at it. Some teams won't touch really tall guards, but I think that's all relative to how tall your quarterback is." - AFC Pro personnel director

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GRADE
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