Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Jaleel Johnson

Defensive tackle
School: Iowa | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2.5 / 316 | 40: 5.30 | DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.45
Projected Round
5th
Bio: 
Two-year starter named First Team All-Big Ten as a senior after earning Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a junior. Made 55 tackles (10 for loss) with 7.5 sacks in his final season after recording 45 tackles (5.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks as a junior.
Pos: 
Explosive and athletic defensive line prospect with potential in a variety of systems. Quick, fires off the snap with a great first step and plays with outstanding pad level. Keeps his knees bent, works his hands and moves well to every area of the field. Agile, resilient and nimble. Tremendous hand technician who easily alters his angle of attack and nicely redirects to the action.
Neg: 
Does not play like a 300-pound defender. Shows average strength at the point and is controlled by a single blocker or easily disrupted from the action. Should be a better pass rusher than the stats show.
Analysis: 
Johnson has been a consistent defensive tackle the past two seasons, yet he never truly took his game to the next level. During much of the Senior Bowl he showed power as well as strength and the arrow is starting to point north. Johnson has starting potential as a conventional defensive tackle and could line up in certain three-man fronts if he pulls the pieces together.