Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 6 (ARI)
Draft Profile: BioParis Johnson Jr. from Princeton High School was rated a 5-star recruit by ESPN and also handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Johnson Jr. opted to join Ohio State after .
In 2020 as a freshman Johnson Jr. saw action in just 4 games and played a total of 26 snaps for the Buckeyes.
As a sophomore in 2021 he won the starting job and played in 13 games, conceding 13 QB hurries, a QB hit, and didn't give up a sack while playing right guard.
In 2022 as a junior Johnson Jr. switched to left tackle where he saw action in 12 games and totaled 757 snaps. He gave up 9 QB hurries, no QB hits, and two sacks while playing at left tackle.
Honors & awards
- Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist
- Anchor of OL line that is sixth nationally in fewest TFLs allowed (37; only 7 sacks allowed)
- His Paris Johnson Jr. Foundation was named Armed Forces Merit Award winner.
- Has started 23 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 2021 season
- Received both the Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year and All-American Bowl’s Man of the Year awards
- 2021: Second-team all-Big Ten (coaches); OSU Scholar-Athlete; Academic All-Big Ten
- Is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who is majoring in journalism
- Played in five games as a true freshman, mostly at guard, including in the CFP championship game against Alabama
- In 2021, helped Ohio State’s offense rank No. 1 in the nation in total offense (561.5) and scoring offense (45/7
- Earned second-team all-Big Ten honors in 2021 by the conference coaches, third-team by the media
- The No. 7-ranked player overall in the class of 2020 by 247Sports and the nation’s No. 1 tackle
- Princeton’s offensive MVP in 2019
- Twice named a MaxPreps High School All-American
- Two-time OHSAA first-team All-Ohio selection
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Super smart academically - who is a natural leader both on the field and in the locker room
- Finishes and doesn't quit; competitor with a positive attitude and leadership traits that coaches admire.
- Fires off the snap quickly, and Johnson shows the flexibility to get out and seal on reach blocks. He’s at his best, however, in the phone booth.
- Johnson flashes power and nastiness in the run game, able to win at the point of attack and athletic enough to get out as a pulling blocker before landing blocks on the move at the second level.
- Plays with appropriate wide base and intelligence, instincts, and agility to seal the edge. Aggressive extending with power to punch and looks comfortable in space.
- Has a strong, flexible core, and the ability to absorb and anchor against the bull rush as a pass protector.
- Has Improved footwork and hand placement significantly during college career showing ability to be coached
- Has an impressive understanding of stunts and delayed blitzs
- Five-star recruit with elite athleticism and movement skills - has the foot speed to stay with the best edge rushers
- Power to move opponents in the run game
- Reliable and consistent grip and core strength
- Outstanding lateral agility and athleticism to mirror defenders
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Sometimes looks a bit underpowered in the run game when it comes to generating movement at the point of attack, and we've seen him struggle to recalibrate at the second level against moving bodies.
- Height can be a detriment in short-yardage, the defender can get under his pads to hold the line.
- All too often Johnson simply gets too impatient to sit back in his set, reaching and lunging and generally playing with poor balance.
- Lets pass rushers get into his body, catching them rather than using his considerable length to deliver a punch. Johnson is going to have some difficulty if he’s asked to block on an island early on.
- Lacks experience as a tackle having played just a single year there
- Lunges into blocks and often looks unbalanced - needs to improve his weight distribution
- Ducks his head, effectively going in blind
- Needs to improve the angles, too often allows rushers to beat him inside
- Currently he's a much better run blocker than pass protector - needs development
Player ComparisonCharles Cross
Scouting Report: SummaryFormer five-star recruit Johnson Jr. is an impressive physical prospect and he brings all the athleticism you could to his game. He's a top-level prospect with sky-high potential, although thus far in his time with the Buckeyes, he's displayed consistently elite run blocking while his pass protection skills have merely been decent.
Johnson will likely be picked in the first half of the first round, but will likely take time to develop into a solid NFL pass blocker.
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