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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Zeandae Johnson

  • The Draft Network
  • February 4, 2021
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Zeandae Johnson aligned as a defensive lineman for the Golden Bears defense. He has aligned as an end but mainly plays the 3-technique. He demonstrates sufficient reactive athleticism in his initial get-off and in his closing quickness to the quarterback. For an under-bulked player, he plays with good strength at the point of attack. He has moments of disengaging with power and getting to the football. However, he has been really inconsistent in this aspect. He can cause disruption with his initial quickness when he penetrates the gaps. However, he has only had limited effectiveness as a pass rusher.

Ideal Role: PUDFA/Developmental player.

Scheme Fit: 4-3 defensive end, subpackage rusher.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Oregon (2020), Illinois (2020), Oregon State (2020)

Best Game Studied: Illinois (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Oregon State (2020)

First-Step Explosion: He has moments of showing good initial burst, but overall his get-off is less than ideal.

Flexibility: He lacks good flexibility on the interior, as evidenced in his ability to bend and consistently play with good leverage. 

Hand Counters: He struggles to consistently counter with his hands. Developing in this aspect could help him be more effective as a pass rusher.

Hand Power: He demonstrates moments of power in his hands, particularly when he bull rushes inside. 

Run Defending: He has instances where he disengages and gets to the football, but overall can afford to improve in this regard.

Effort: He doesn’t appear to play with consistent emotional endurance and there are drop-offs in his effort over the course of a game. 

Football IQ: He can improve his understanding of blocking schemes. This could contribute to him being more effective against the run.

Lateral Mobility: He has less than ideal lateral mobility, as shown in his ability to get through trash inside and to the football.

Functional Strength: He demonstrates sufficient functional and core strength in his ability to hold the point of attack. 

Versatility: He lacks true versatility and is probably best suited as a subpackage rusher on the interior.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 65/100

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