Derrick Johnson School: Texas
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 242 40: 4.60 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Three-year starter handed the Nagurski
Trophy as the nation's top defensive player and
the Butkus Award as college football's best linebacker
in ‘04 after numbers of 130/19/2. Junior
totals included 125/20/2 when he was an All-
Conference and All-American selection.
Explosive linebacker who forces the action in
any area of the field. Fast in every direction,
great in pursuit and easily cuts the corners
off from running backs. Gets depth on pass
drops, displays terrific range, and covers a lot
of area on the field. Explosive filling gaps in
run defense, easily redirects to the ball carrier,
bringing them down on initial contact. Tough to
handle and does not stay on blocks for very
long. Disciplined, does not bite on play-action
passes, and displays the ability to run downfield
with receivers. Sudden, and a playmaker that
causes a lot of fumbles.
Negatives: Not efficient,
takes a lot of missteps or incorrect angles to
the action. Lacks instincts in pass coverage
and slow locating the ball.
gifted defender who can be a dominant presence,
Johnson has outstanding size/speed
numbers and plays to them. Has been effective
at both outside and middle linebacker in college
and a three-down defender for the next level
who will be productive out of the gate if put in a
Prospect Profile: Derrick Johnson
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