Biography: Two-year starter who finished with 54 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two interceptions with three blocked kicks as a senior. Junior totals included 63 tackles/5 tackles for loss/1 sacks with two interceptions and seven blocked kicks.
Positives: Athletic college linebacker who projects to defensive end in the NFL. Looks the part, breaks down well and displays good movement skills. Uses his hands to protect himself, shows strength at the point of attack and easily defeats blocks to get up the field and make plays. Smooth, can flip his hips transitioning to run with tight ends and scrapes well laterally to get to the ballcarrier.
Negatives: Takes incorrect angles to the action and can be slow to react. Marginal quickness in his game and does not show burst.
Analysis: Johnson was a playmaker on special teams while occasionally displaying force and skill on defense. He has the measurables to be used at defensive end or outside linebacker in a 34 alignment, and his knack for blocking kicks could help secure a roster spot this season.
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