Prospect Profile: Derrick Johnson

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.

Positives: 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.

Analysis: Physically 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 simplified scheme.

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