Works hard in pursuit and displays some natural range but is too easily knocked off balance and washed out of plays vs. any kind of contact. Isn't afraid to mix it up inside and has the kind of body control needed to work his way initially through slide-down blocks on perimeter runs. However, eventually he is just ridden past the play and/or ends up on the ground.
Isn't overly fluid in coverage either, even for the linebacker position. Demonstrates some straight-line speed once he gets out of his drop, but looks a bit stiff when asked to sit into his back-pedal and redirect quickly in space.
Impression: The physical numbers just don't add up for him as a legit prospect at either OLB or SS."
Positive: Undersized but fast college linebacker who may get consideration at safety in the NFL. Breaks down well, plays with suddenness, and flashes on the scene. Gets depth on pass drops, smooth turning his hips, and covers a lot of ground. Flows well laterally to the action, quickly changes direction, and explosive at the point of attack. Moves with speed in every direction. Wraps up tackling.
Negative: Does not consistently take proper angles to the action. Undersized and easily knocked from his angle of attack by the initial block. Not a strong or sturdy linebacker.
Analysis: Johnson has been an active defender the past three seasons and has enough speed and athleticism to be used as a one-gap linebacker or strong safety."