TFY Draft Preview Prospect Profile: Marcus Johnson

What do the draft experts think of offensive lineman Marcus Johnson and where he fits in at the next level?

Marcus Johnson School: Mississippi
Ht: 6-6.5 Wt: 321 40: 5.54 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who's played 48 career games with the first unit. Second-team All- SEC as a senior. Used mainly at right guard, though he had sporadic duty at right tackle.

Positives: Nice-sized lineman who's watching his draft stock move north. Explodes off the ball into run blocks, strong at the point and drives defenders off the line, opening holes for the running game. Gets his hands into opponents, turns them off the ball and plays with a nasty attitude. Quick setting in pass protection, stays square and anchors at the point. Bends at the knees, playing with leverage. Competitive, yet at the same time works well with linemates.

Negatives: Must improve his overall blocking balance. Does not always finish blocks and lacks top upper body strength. Marginally productive in college on the second level.

Analysis: A king-sized lineman who engulfs opponents at the point of attack, Johnson capped a terrific college career with a solid Senior Bowl showing. Displayed the skills to block in motion and took well to the West Coast offensive system employed. Has the size for tackle, yet may be better off inside at guard. Offers a lot of upside for the next level.

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