BIO: All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career numbers of 50/18/2.5. Played in 13 games as a junior totaling 36 tackles. Charged with a felony count of assault in April 2003 but the case was quickly dismissed. Started eight games as a sophomore, posting 50/10/2.5.
POSITIVES: Explosive run-stuffing defensive lineman with good upside for the next level. Bends his knees getting leverage on opponents, quick off the snap and stout at the point. Immediately reads or diagnoses the action, displays solid hand technique getting off blocks and redirects to the ballcarrier. Gets a good amount of momentum going up the field and tough to slow down. Slides off opponents to the inside, has the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and wraps up tackling. Works hard to make a play.
NEGATIVES: Lacks top bulk and upper body strength for the inside. Marginal skills as a pass rusher.
ANALYSIS: Rebounding off a poor junior campaign, Johnson got his game back on track last season and progressed off of what was a terrific sophomore year. The court case of .03 seemed to drag on him as a junior and was not as highly ranked as he should have been coming into the season. Stands to add bulk and strength to his frame yet a solid tackle for a conventional defense and a legitimate first round choice.