Biography: Two-year starter who led Kansas in tackles during his senior and junior seasons. Totals last year included 124 tackles after he had 95 as a junior.
Positives: Hardworking linebacker with marginal size/speed numbers. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself and displays a good head for the football. Effectively makes plays in space, collapses to the outside defending the run and shows skill in pursuit. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments and displays the ability to run with tight ends. Wraps up when tackling. Works hard to get his teammates in proper position.
Negatives: Easily disrupted from plays or knocked from the action by the initial block. Will struggle matching up against fast running backs or big tight ends at the next level.
Analysis: Johnson is a high-motor defender who has enough ability to backup at the next level. He has a special-teams mentality.
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