BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior campaign, also receiving all-America notice during that time. Totals last season included 112/27/13.5 after 70/18/5 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Athletic defender with outstanding size. Gets off the snap with a quick first step, displays a closing burst and fast off the edge. Immediately alters his angle of attack, fast down the line and covers a lot of area on the field. Nasty, fights to get off blocks and relentless in pursuit of the ball carrier. Plays with body control and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.
NEGATIVES: Lacks size for the defensive end position and struggles against large blockers. Average instincts. Not smooth or fluid moving in reverse.
ANALYSIS: Johnson is a superior small school prospect with a good amount of upside for the next level. Projecting as a rush linebacker in the 34 defense, he must now become accustomed to the speed of the NFL and learn to make plays in space.