Johnathan Abram

Mississippi State

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi State
Hometown
Class
MS
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
205 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

6.10
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Oakland
Raiders
Round 1 ‧ Pick 27
Go to Pick
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Broad Jump
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Abram was his conference's Defensive Player of the Year at safety as a high school senior in Columbia, Miss., and also a dual-threat quarterback. He left the state to sign with Georgia for the 2015 season. Abram played well, starting four of 10 games played that year (25 tackles, 1.5 for loss) but he did not go to the team's bowl game because of "personal issues." Those issues, along with the departure of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Alabama, led Abram to return to Mississippi to play at Jones County Junior College for 2016. The No. 1 JUCO safety recruit in the country, Abram enrolled at MSU to become a starter for the Bulldogs his junior year (71 tackles, five for loss, two sacks, five pass breakups). His play in 2017 earned fans of NFL scouts, and his senior campaign impressed SEC coaches (first-team all-conference) and the media (third-team Associated Press All-American). Abram started 13 games in 2018, leading the Bulldogs with 99 tackles, nine for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, five pass breakups and a forced fumble.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Keanu Neal
Overview
Blunt force-striker with the measurables and play demeanor teams look for from a down safety with nickel linebacker qualities. Abrams did an admirable job in coverage in Mississippi State's scheme but might not have the anticipation and ball skills to hold up in extended coverage duties. Abrams shines as a physical run defender with pursuit speed and energy to play sideline to sideline. He grades out as one of the better options for teams looking to deploy an effective "big nickel" defender near the box.
Strengths
  • Stout frame with desired height,weight speed totals
  • Very tough and very competitive
  • Intimidating striker
  • Plays like an extra linebacker
  • Straight-line speed to close out targets
  • Alpha demeanor on the field
  • Upper-body strength for block-shuck-and-tackle finishing
  • Fiery attitude rubs off on his teammates
  • Gets feet moving early to help smooth his transitions
  • Has size and strength to match on tight ends
  • Possesses adequate short-area athleticism for man coverage underneath
  • Good communication skills on the backend
Weaknesses
  • Is a little tightly bundled through the hips
  • He's not stiff, but he's not necessarily fluid
  • Unlikely to handle coverage duties on the backend
  • Moderate ball production
  • Needs to play with better anticipation in coverage
  • Uses burst to close on receiver rather than close on football
  • Will miss some tackles when coming in too hot
  • Playing style could lend itself to durability concerns
  • Edgy playing style lacks control at times
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