Scouting Report: Mike Johnson

Written by Will Spencer on February 22, 2010



Mike Johnson

Position: OG School: Alabama
Height: 6’5 1/4 Weight: 312 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 5.31

Overall Grade:

6.35

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 5
Quickness/Agility 10 6
Strength/Explosion 10 7
Athletic Ability 8 5.5
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 8.5


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 7.5
Run Blocking 10 8
Awareness 8 7
Hand Placement 6 5
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5
Footwork 8 6
Leverage 8 6.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Very versatile. Has started at every position on the offensive line except center. Plays with good leverage and is a powerful run blocker. Has a violent initial punch on the defensive lineman. Good footwork. Pulls well and gets out on screens effectively. Does a nice job at getting to the next level on blocks. Smart player that identifies the blitzer well. Plays with a mean streak, but could be more aggressive. Uses a nice, wide base while blocking. Good hand placement. Always looking around while pass blocking, looking for blitzers and stunts. Good motor. Could potentially play right tackle in the NFL.

Weaknesses

Tends to get high in his blocks when he is winded. Could do a better job chipping the linemen when getting to the next level. Room for improvement with upper body strength. Loses leverage against strong defensive linemen. Can fall off blocks on longer developing plays. Doesn’t finish the block at times and not a pancake type blocker. More of a technician.

Analysis

Johnson brings a tremendous amount of versatility to an NFL team as he can provide depth at multiple positions, freeing up roster spots. Overall solid offensive lineman that played against some of the toughest defenses in college football. No injury concerns and is a smart, hard working player with no off-field baggage. Should be able to start for an NFL team from day one based on experience and skill set. Could potentially play right tackle in the NFL but should make his home as a guard.

Experience

Three year starter for Alabama. Started 10 games at RT, 2 games at LT and 3 games at RG. Every other start was at LG.

Awards and Honors

2009: First team All-American from Associated Press, AFCA-Coaches, Walter Camp, CBS Sports, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com, College Football News. All-SEC first team.
2008: First-team All-America honors from Pro Football Weekly. Second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press, Sporting News, SEC coaches and Phil Steele.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Unknown major at Alabama.

Injuries

Left 2009 Sugar Bowl game early with ankle injury but did not miss a single full game due to injury.



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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.