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Grading System
BEN JOHNSON
Position: OT
Class: Sr
School: Wisconsin
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6'7, 329
40 Time: 5.38
Grade: 3.57

Selected by Detroit Lions
Round 7, pick 2 (216 overall)
BIO: Four-year starter who saw most of his action at left tackle after playing sparingly on the right side as both a red-shirt freshman and sophomore.

POSITIVES: Big, powerful blocker best in confined quarters. Squares into defenders, displays top overall body strength and gets movement from his run blocks or anchors at the point in pass protection. Relatively quick off the snap, works hard with his hands and uses good body positioning to wall-off defenders. Sets with a wide base, effective with his angles and a nasty lineman who attacks defenders and looks to finish the play. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action and easily rides opponents out of their angle of attack once engaged at the point.

NEGATIVES: Gets a bit straight legged, does not block with leverage and lacks balance. Stiff, has difficulty with nimble opponents and sustains his blocks for only a short period. Lacks lateral range and struggles with his foot work.

ANALYSIS: Did a fine job in college on the blind side but a marginal athlete with limited skills to play in space. Strong side is a better fit as his area responsibilities will be kept to a minimum.

PROJECTION: Mid Fourth Round

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