Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Gary Johnson

Inside LineBacker
School: Texas | Conference: BIG 12
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11.5 / 226 | 40: 4.43 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
3.58
Projected Round
4th
Pos: 
Short, explosive linebacker who makes plays up the field and sideline to sideline. Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands and covers a tremendous amount of area on the field. Quick, athletic and plays to his 40 time. Possesses good change of direction and chases the action hard. Resilient and stays with the play. Displays outstanding ability in pursuit and easily beats ball carriers to the corners. Takes proper angles to the action and shows a great closing burst to get to the play. Tough run defender who flies around the action and does not back down to a challenge.
Neg: 
Easily outpositioned from the action by a single block. Gets depth on pass drops but shows average ability in coverage.
Analysis: 
Johnson is a tremendous run-and-chase linebacker who sells out to make plays and shows terrific skill in pursuit. His lack of height will cause mismatches in coverage, but in the right system where Johnson is protected and allowed to run to the ball, he will be productive.