Finding Broncos: Scouting Florida State Offensive Tackle Roderick Johnson

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel reveals his “Finding Broncos” Scouting report on Florida State offensive lineman Roderick Johnson.

Roderick Johnson, Offensive Line, Florida State Seminoles

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 298 pounds

Arms: 36 inches

Hands: 10-¾ inches

Combine Results

Did not compete






Has the body and length of an NFL offensive tackle. Has a heavy-hitting outside hand in pass protection to help keep defenders inside. Pretty good awareness and vision to see delayed blitzers.

Good power as a run blocker. Solid, disruptive punch. Shows an understanding of letting defenders do the work to take them out of the play. Huge wingspan helps when fighting change of direction moves. Gets to his stance pretty quickly.


Awful bend and is a leaner. Has no balance and plays with his feet out from underneath him. No body control as a blocker. Trips over his own feet. Has shown athleticism, but doesn’t seem to know how to use it. Positionless.

Has the body of a left tackle, but not the balance or control. Not enough power to be a guard. Best at right tackle, but is a project to get ready to play there. Not a lateral mover. Upper body does one thing, while lower body does another. Get in his own head and makes far too many mental errors. Panics when he doesn’t get first contact, and this tends to lead to holding.


Johnson should have returned for another year of college ball. It only would’ve helped him. He is a multi-year project right now for NFL teams with a lot to work on. He may look the part off the field, but on the field, he is a mess.

If you are a team confident in your coach's ability to develop offensive linemen, he is worth the risk in the fourth round. If you don’t have that confidence, he is undraftable.

Fit With The Broncos

To be frank, Johnson doesn’t fit with the Denver Broncos. They can’t afford another three-year (minimum) project on the offensive line. There is way too much for them to work with him on, and they are already working on a group of young players, while they are also trying to fix their offensive line. Even though this is a weak class, there are many better options than Johnson.

Draft Grade: Undrafted

Where He Goes: Fourth-Fifth Round

Insider's Take: Per sources, teams were shocked Johnson came out this year. It was against the advice of many close to Johnson, including some of the coaches at Florida State. He is too long of a project for a couple teams to even risk a seventh round pick on. 

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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