The 2022 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jermaine Johnson II 2022 NFL Draft Profile.
Jermaine Johnson II Background
Position: Edge Rusher
Size: 6-foot-5, 260 pounds
Class: Redshirt Senior
2021 stats: 70 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 forced fumble
Johnson’s college career started in JUCO then he moved on to two different big Division I universities for a unique story. He is now headed to the NFL.
Out of high school, Johnson went to JUCO for two seasons. After becoming one of the best JUCO recruits in the country, he decided to enroll at Georgia. He had a hard time breaking into the rotation in his first year there as a junior. Johnson totaled 20 tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He made more impact plays as a senior at Georgia with 16 tackles, five tackles for loss and five sacks. His play helped Georgia go 8-2 and win the Peach Bowl. Following the season, Johnson decided to transfer to Florida State. In his one season with the Seminoles, he had a breakout season with 70 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Unfortunately, his good individual play only helped Florida State so much, as they won just five games.
Following time at three different schools, Johnson is now headed to the next level. He is currently projected to be a first or second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Jermaine Johnson II Strengths
Johnson has solid size for an NFL edge rusher. He stands at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds with a well-filled-out frame. With his size comes solid strength, as he has had time to add to his frame over his college career. He has solid length as well, which helps him shed blocks.
In terms of athleticism, Johnson has some really good traits. He moves very well for his size. Johnson has solid quickness and speed, which really comes into play for him when he gets a good jump at the snap of the ball. On top of his linear movement ability, he also moves well laterally. This helps him move outside-in and also to shoot gaps better against the run.
His run defense is among the best in the class for edge rushers. He starts the play off by getting a good jump, then sheds blocks well. Johnson then can get in the backfield and get to the ball carrier before he gets to the line of scrimmage. He shows good pursuit and is a solid tackler as well. His aggressiveness usually works in his favor as well, although there are times he could have better gap integrity.
Jermaine Johnson II Weaknesses
Johnson needs to add more pass rush moves to his arsenal. Right now, he mostly wins with his athleticism and effort. It is a good start to have, but he needs to add moves to beat NFL offensive linemen. On top of that, he needs to come up with a pass rush plan and add counters to his game if his initial rush is stopped.
His awareness needs to be improved as well. He isn’t the fastest to diagnose plays and that hurts him at time. Johnson needs to recognize how to attack pass blockers. He also can improve on his ability to play against zone reads, as he often makes the wrong play because he is too aggressive.
Although he is athletic and moves well, Johnson isn’t the most flexible edge rusher. He doesn’t often bend around the edge to get to the quarterback. That means he’ll really need to rely on his movement skills and add pass rush moves to make him an effective pass rusher.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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