DJ Johnson
DJ Johnson  OLB  Oregon | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
DJ Johnson
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Sacramento, CA
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DJ Johnson OLB Oregon | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

DJ Johnson OLB Oregon
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #179 Position Rank: #19 (LB)
40 time: 4.50 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 275
Date of Birth: 10/21/1998 Age: 23.11
Overall Rating: 80.0 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: 6th Position rank: #19
College Games: 27 College Snaps: 454
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (84/100)
Draft Profile: Bio
DJ Johnson from Burbank High High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a -star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Johnson joined Oregon after being heavily recruited.

In 2018 as a freshman Johnson saw action in just one game and played a total of 2 snaps at Edge Rusher for the Ducks. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops.

As a sophomore for the Ducks in 2019 Johnson played in 13 games and took part in 166 snaps for the Ducks. He recorded 11 tackles, 2 assists, while adding 10 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 11 total pressures, and 7 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 3 sacks during the year.

In 2021 as a junior Johnson played in 9 games and contributed on 152 snaps. He recorded 10 tackles, one assist while making 8 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 5 total pressures, which included 3 QB hurries, one QB hit, and one sack on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Johnson has decent enough flexibility to bend the edge, and Johnson shows a good closing burst.
  • Elite athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's Freaks List at number 4. He wrote "Johnson had a dominant showing in the Ducks’ spring game, making five TFLs and four sacks. Those numbers are as jaw-dropping as the results the 6-4, 275-pounder has produced in the Oregon training program, posting a blazing 22.88 mph on the GPS to go with a 455-pound bench and 655-pound sumo deadlift."
  • He shows impressive speed and overall athleticism when moving laterally in pursuit as a run defender.
  • Tougher between the tackles than many expect. Fluid and quick drop into zone, covers enough ground to be Tampa-2 "MIKE" and knows where the markers are.
  • He has the strong core and powerful hands to shed blockers, and he shows excellent instincts with the ability to quickly locate the ball.
  • He can win on the edge in a number of ways. He’s a natural knee bender with the powerful lower body to drive blockers back with the bull rush.
  • Good at using long arms to disengage from blockers and make plays. Is quick off the snap and an effective blitzer.
  • He disrupts plays in the backfield regularly. Johnson also has the agility and pure speed to cover sideline to sideline, moving like a safety and then finishing as a violent and consistent tackler.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Needs to use his hands more violently to defeat blocks while coming after the quarterback at the next level.
  • Johnson is so eager to get upfield that Johnson often abandons responsibilities against the run.
  • Hips are a bit high, arms are long, and waist is narrow, which limits his ability to anchor and turn. Not much of a pass rusher if there is not an open lane.
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