Gary Johnson

Texas
LB
LB25

Prospect Info

College
Texas
Hometown
Class
Douglas, Ala.
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
226 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.11
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.43
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.57
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Johnson was a three-sport athlete at Douglas High School in Alabama, starring in football and winning a state title in the 100-meter dash (10.59). He began his college football career at Dodge City Community College and made an instant impact, ranking third in the JUCO ranks with 133 tackles and racking up 8.5 sacks and four interceptions on the year. Johnson was an All-Region selection as a sophomore after making 82 tackles in nine games. He started 7 of 13 games played in his first season with the Longhorns, credited with 60 stops, six for loss, and two sacks in 2017. Big 12 coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2018 after leading Texas with 90 tackles in 13 starts, 16.5 of which went for losses, including 6.5 sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Overview
Active inside linebacker with plenty of passion and aggression but a fundamental lack of NFL-caliber movement skills in space. Johnson is capable of handling downhill duties between the tackles but could struggle to match up with today's space-oriented offensive attacks.
Strengths
  • Active, high-energy player and vocal leader
  • Aggressive demeanor is always on display
  • Key reader with quick response to guard movement
  • Patient to sift through moving bodies and find running back on the other side of it
  • Squares pads downhill to squeeze his run fits
  • Downhill mindset and takes shots in gaps to try and make a play
  • Solid tackle-for-loss total in high-flying conference
  • Core special teams member despite being full-time starter
Weaknesses
  • Marginal athlete with segmented, heavy movements in space
  • Short-strider lacking desired sideline-to-sideline range
  • Struggles to access desired lateral burst in his flow to the ball
  • Allows climbing guards to get into him first
  • Inconsistent playing off of blocks
  • Comes in hot and lacking body control as an open-field tackler
  • Could struggle to cover if matched up in space

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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