Rahyme Johnson is a long, rangy outside 'backer who has elevated his game this season. He has some very nice projectable tools for the next level and isn't even close to reaching his full potential.
Frame wise, Johnson is all of 6-foot-4 and probably weighs in the 200-210 pound range. Adding size and strength before he hits the field in college will be a must for him but he's developing nicely and shouldn't have any issues gaining the mass he'll need.
Athletically, he looks a lot more comfortable playing in space, is moving better laterally and is able to run down plays run away from him. The effort is there and he's playing with a lot of energy and passion. He's showing he can rush the passer off the edge, play the run and drop back in coverage.
At times on his junior film, Johnson looked a bit stiff and wasn't as fluid in his movement. He has worked hard on his flexibility in the off-season, and put in a ton of work on the 7v7 circuit to improve his ability to play in space. He has also worked on his top end and straight line speed and is noticeably faster.
In college, it should be fun to see where Johnson is at in 3-4 years. Depending on how much weight he puts on could determine his position. We think he has a chance to develop in to a nice pass rusher once he works on things like technique and counter moves and the added strength and bulk he'll add will be a big asset for him in the run game as well.
Johnson visited the Nebraska Cornhuskers last weekend weekend and will go to Texas A&M (Nov. 12). He was scheduled to visit Notre Dame (Oct. 15) but said he'll have to re-schedule it for later in the year. The Florida Gators and UCLA Bruins, where Johnson originally committed to, are also likely to get visit and are doing well here.
To see Johnson from early this season, check out the video above