DJ Johnson 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Has played both sides of the ball at OLB and TE in his career
- Transferred from Miami to Oregon in 2018 after playing as a freshman at UM
- Consensus four-star recruit out of high school
- Scheme tendencies: Multiple front scheme with mix of even and odd
- 2022 projected role: Developmental OLB in a 3-4 scheme or weakside defensive end in 4-3
Pros: DJ Johnson has had an interesting journey so far throughout his college career. He started out at Miami as a freshman then transferred to Oregon in 2018 and had to sit out a year due to transfer rules. He then switched positions in the COVID-shortened season to tight end to help his team out just to switch back to defense the following year. Johnson is finally at a point in his career where he has stability and it’s finally showing. Johnson has outstanding size and is an excellent overall athlete. He lines up as a rush ‘backer in Oregon’s defense and is asked to do quite a bit in this role. As a pass rusher, Johnson flashes an explosive first step and can consistently win edges against opposing offensive tackles. He couples this explosiveness with his admirable length to squeeze the pocket and disrupt the quarterback. Johnson displays very good power as a rusher and is able to get tackles on their heels and drive them back. He has an outstanding motor and makes plays late in the down. As a run defender, Johnson displays good power in his hands to set the edge and get off the block. He has outstanding closing speed in run pursuit and makes plays down the line of scrimmage. As a pass defender, he flashes good ability to drop in zone and has surprisingly good instincts in this regard.
Cons: For an older prospect (24), DJ Johnson is extremely raw, which is concerning. Outside of winning with speed or power off the edge, he brings little to the table. His hands are very underdeveloped and he lacks any sort of counter move once his initial rush gets stymied. He needs to continue to develop a pass-rush plan. He is a bit linear of an athlete and shows stiffness in his lower half. This shows up when he is forced to change direction and break down to make tackles in the open field. His processing skills against the run are also underdeveloped and he gets fooled by traps and counters.
DJ Johnson NFL Draft Scouting Report by Brentley Weissman