Johnson makes up for athletic hitches in his play by keying into the offense and flying around at top speed. He could get drafted late, but regardless stands a shot to make a roster as an immediate special teams contributor.
He keeps blockers away from him both high, by using his hands, and at his feet, by bending down. He is a strong player who gets a lot of production by keeping blockers off him and understanding where they're coming from, a trait highly attractive to coaches of 3-4 schemes.
He doesn't have the speed, footwork, or hip fluidity to cover some of the more athletic players at the next level. He will have to be drafted within a particular scheme that fits his needs in order to find success early."
Displays solid awareness feeling routes develop around him, but is better suited in cat and mouse where he can lock onto a tight end and use his athleticism to stay in his back pocket. Overall, is a tough guy to separate from. Is still developing vs. the run game. There are some natural athletic and physical qualities to his game that I like.
He is willing to attack downhill with a good initial burst and pad level, extend his arms into contact and despite not being overly powerful has some anchor ability inside. However, is slow to read and react at times vs. the run, has a tendency to take his fair share of false steps and will seal himself away form the action. Doesn’t do a great job in pursuit feeling blockers around him and keeping his legs clean.
Possesses solid natural range, a average motor, but gets chopped down too often failing to use his hands. Doesn’t have a great understanding how to use his hands to disengage as well at this stage. More of a catcher who tries to create an angle and muscle his way through contact.
However, too often is simply ridden to the ground or sealed from the play. Isn’ a stack and shed guy at this stage. Exhibits good closing speed when he locates the ball carrier, but doesn’t routinely take the best of angles, struggles to routinely square up his man and breakdown well on contact.
Also, lacks an understanding as a pass rusher. Is used as a blitzer at times and gets upright into contact and simply tries to work the bull rush and be sudden through contact. However, plays upright and doesn’t have a chance to slip and close.
Impression: His athletic skill set gives him a chance to fight for a roster spot. However, he’s not a real decisive backer, doesn’t quickly locate the football and is going to need to improve his overall feel for the game in order to have a chance."