AJ Johnson- Inside Linebacker- Tennessee
Size: 6’2 245lbs

2011 stats80 tackles 0 sacks4.5 TFL
2012 stats138 tackles1 sack8.5 TFL
2013 stats106 tackles0 sacks8.5 TFL
2014 stats101 tackles2 sacks6.5 TFL1 INT

 Strengths:

  • Reads offenses well
  • Plays disciplined
  • Consistent tackler
  • Good angles of pursuit
  • Will excel on special teams

Analysis: Johnson wrapped up his storied Tennessee career 1 of only 4 players to have over 400 career tackles.  You do not get that many tackles without constant effort all game, every game.  Johnson takes great angles of pursuit to the ball carrier, and when he reaches them, more than likely that back is going down.  Johnson can diagnose run/pass very well, and will not be fooled with screens or play fakes.

Need to improve:

  • Poor speed/acceleration
  • Lacks use of hands to fend off blocks
  • Swallowed by larger blockers
  • Suspended end of Senior season for alleged rape of student

Analysis: Johnson is a student of the game who is able to see what the offenses are doing pre-snap.  Johnson’s flaws are more physical.  He does not have top end speed NFL teams look for in their linebackers, and it takes Johnson some time to get up to his top end speed.  On tape, Johnson had trouble breaking away from larger lineman and would be mauled over in the run game.  NFL scouts and front office personnel will also be looking into Johnson’s off the field issues, he was suspended towards the end of the 2014 season for an alleged rape of a student on campus.  Off the field issues could hurt Johnson’s draft stock.

Round prediction: 4

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