Eddie Johnson NFL Bio

The official NFL bio on the Vikings' first pick in the sixth round, punter/kicker Eddie Johnson.

Edward "Eddie" Johnson Jr.
Position: Punter
College: Idaho State
Height: 6-3
Weight: 232
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.

Positives: Despite being a three-step punter, his touch-to-toe mechanics are fairly quick … Uses a two-step approach when backed up against the goal line, showing that he can handle pressure well … Gets excellent hang time and distance on his attempts … Will sacrifice distance for placement inside the 20-yard line … Former quarterback with a strong arm for the option pass … Has good leg strength, but tends to outkick his coverage … Can get the ball up, showing effective pooch-punting skills, as the ball explodes off his foot.

Negatives: Needs to reduce his three-step approach to prevent his kicks from being blocked … Had the advantage of kicking in high altitudes and mostly indoor facilities during his time with Idaho State (average increased more than 6 yards per punt compared with kicking outdoors) … On occasion, he will kick across his body, which causes his ball position to be off a little bit … While he has learned to hit the ball squarely, he will every so often hit it flat … Struggles some refocusing after a a poor punt … While he will give up distance to directional kick, too many of his attempts sail into the end zone, resulting in a high amount of touchbacks.

Two-year standout for the Bengals, who helped the team lead the nation in net punting for the last three seasons (two with Johnson kicking) … Increased his punting average by more than 7 yards since coming to Idaho State … Began his collegiate career at Orange Coast (Calif.) Community College … Punted 100 times for 4,627 yards, setting a school record with a 46.27-yard average … 25 of his attempts were downed inside the 20-yard line and 19 more resulted in touchbacks.

All-America second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … All-Big Sky Conference first-team choice … Punted 51 times for 2,357 yards (46.22 avg.), with 15 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line, 8 that resulted in touchbacks and 7 more that were fair catches … The opposition returned only 19 kicks for 156 yards, as the Bengals led the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks with a net-yard average of 43.16 yards.

* Western Montana - Averaged 52.3 yards on 3 punts, as only one was returned for 4 yards.
* Utah State - Kicked 4 times for 194 yards (48.5 avg.).
* Montana - Had 4 attempts for a 51-yard average.
* Sacramento State - Gained 326 yards on 7 tries (46.6 avg.).
* Montana State - Added a pair of punts for a 50.1-yard average.
* Weber State - Totaled 181 yards on 4 tries (45.3 avg.).
* Eastern Washington - Followed with a 36.9-yard average on 8 chances … 3 of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line.
* Portland State - Had the first punt of his Idaho State career blocked, finishing with 129 yards on 4 tries (32.3 avg.).
* Northern Arizona - Gained 203 yards on 5 punts (40.6 avg.) as only a single kick was returned for 5 yards.
* Cal-Poly, SLO - Established an NCAA record as he averaged 61.5 yards on 6 punts (369 yards) with a career-long 80-yarder … Only one of his attempts was returned for a 1-yard gain.
* Southern Utah - Closed out his career with 4 punts for 197 yards (49.3 avg.).

Associated Press and Walter Camp first-team All-America choice … First-team All-Big Sky pick … Led the nation with a 46.33-yard average, gaining 2,270 yards on 49 attempts … 10 of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line … 22 were returned for 98 yards … Helped ISU lead the nation with a net punting average of 44.3 yards Montana Tech … Had 66- and 38-yard punts in the season opener.

Two-year standout as Orange Coast (Calif.) Was the junior college's punter (1999-2000) and also saw action as a reserve quarterback … As a sophomore, he averaged over 40 yards per boot in earning First-team All-Mission Conference and honorable mention All-America recognition … Named Orange Coast's Special Teams Player of the Year and was an all-state selection as well in 2000 … As a freshman, he averaged 38 yards per punt and won Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

5.17 in the 40-yard dash … 31-inch arm length … 91/2-inch hands … Right-footed.

Attended Newport (Calif.) Harbor High … Three-year letter-winner, averaging 42.3 yards per kick as a senior, earning all-state, all-county, and All-Sea View honors … Averaged 41 yards per kick as a junior, earning First-team All-Sea View honors … Punted in the CIF semifinals … As a sophomore, he averaged 39.0 yards per punt, earning second-team all-county and All-Sea View honors … His team qualified for the southern section finals.

Sports Medicine major … Son of Ed Johnson, Sr., and Charmaine Clarke … Born March 2, 1981 … Resides in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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