P.J. Johnson

Arizona

Prospect Info

College
Arizona
Hometown
Class
CA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
334 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.17
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 7 ‧ Pick 15
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Johnson has two young children and decided that instead of returning to the Wildcats for his senior season, he needed to move on to the professional ranks as soon as possible to support them. He played in 10 games in 2018, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice after recording 31 tackles, 8.5 for loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and a safety. Prior to arriving in Tucson, Johnson played at the City College of San Francisco in 2017 (17 tackles 8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks in 10 games). He spent two years at Sacramento State, redshirting in 2016 after playing 11 games as a true freshman (13 tackles, 4.5 for loss, one sack). Johnson played football, basketball, and baseball at Burbank High School in Sacramento before signing with Sac State.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Big, upright interior defender who can be a disruptive force against the run thanks to his upper body twitch that allows for quick wins at the point of attack. Leg stiffness definitely limits his bend causing inconsistencies with his anchor and functional change of direction. He could be a late to undrafted player, but his ability to beat the block in front of him and cause chaos could earn him a spot as a rotational defensive tackle.
Strengths
  • Girthy bubble and thighs
  • Quick-twitch upper body to get early wins over blockers
  • Plays with a disregard for the block
  • Able to rag doll and remove zone blockers from their track
  • Play strength far out exceeds his disappointing bench total
  • Feet move better off the ball than expected
  • Excellent contact balance and body control
  • Played all over defensive line
  • Slaps and jostles pass blockers off-balance
  • Has big ball-rush charge
Weaknesses
  • Stiff through hips, knees and ankles
  • Unable to make short area redirection to tackle consistently
  • Carries gut around his midsection
  • Will need to monitor his weight and build better lean muscle mass
  • Needs to sit down and anchor when setting an edge
  • Plays tall and struggles to hold his ground at times
  • Angle blocks are his nemesis
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