Paris Johnson Jr NFL Draft

Paris Johnson Jr.

  • OT Ohio State
  • Junior
  • #14
  • 6'6"
  • 315lbs
  • Prospect
  • Big Ten
TDN100

Prospect Summary

Paris Johnson Jr. NFL Draft Scouting Report

OT, Ohio State Buckeyes

A consensus five-star recruit from Cincinnati, Paris Johnson Jr. was the Buckeyes’ starter at right guard in 2021 before kicking over to left tackle in 2022. While Johnson proved to be an impact starter for Ohio State, he’s also a standout in the classroom where he’s received a number of academic accolades. Johnson also has an extensive background in volunteering and has already established a foundation to help veterans and underprivileged children.

Johnson came into his own in 2022 as Ohio State’s left tackle, especially as the season moved along and he gained more experience at his natural position after spending 2021 at right guard. Johnson is an explosive athlete with easy movement skills. He has exceptional range as a run blocker and can be trusted to execute longer pulls. He pairs top-end mobility with an impressive frame that features an athletic build with long limbs. Johnson has plenty of high-level flashes where his blend of size, power, and athleticism leads to dominant reps. 

Overall, I am impressed with his ability to recover from both a body position standpoint and re-fitting his hands through reps to gain control. His tenacity and mean streak show up with consistency while executing with a finisher’s mentality. He does well to take the air out of reps with his ability to jump set and set the clamps. He also has the foot quickness, control, and length to thrive with vertical sets. There’s so much to like about his size, athleticism, coordination, and development. 

When it comes to areas for growth, adding functional strength should be at the top of Johnson’s priorities. Increasing his lower-body strength and power will elevate his game, making him more dynamic in creating displacement in the run game and shoring up his anchor. Johnson’s hand technique can further develop, especially when it comes to eliminating some of his two-hand strikes and not putting himself in so many positions to re-fit hands. Those two-hand strikes have occasionally left him vulnerable to inside moves. Johnson does have some tendencies to drop his head and lunge which takes away from his ability to sustain and control reps. Johnson only played left tackle for one season and ideally would have more reps there entering the NFL, however, that also makes him appealing given what he’s showcased to this point. 

Johnson has the makings of an early NFL starter at left tackle with the ceiling to grow into an impact starter and pillar for his unit at the next level. 

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Size and athleticism 
  • Coordination, recoverability, and controlled aggression 
  • High ceiling with an excellent baseline 

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Need for improved functional strength
  • Developing hand technique
  • Only one season at left tackle

Size (NFL Combine):

Height: 6′ 6”

Weight: 313 lbs

Arm Length: 36 1/8”

Hand Size: 9 1/2”

Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):

40-yard Dash: TBD

Vertical Jump: TBD

Broad Jump: 9′ 2”

Short-Shuttle: TBD

Three-Cone: TBD

Bench Reps: 29 reps 

Ideal Role: Starting left tackle

Scheme Fit: Zone rushing scheme 

Prospect Comparison: Charles Cross (2022 NFL Draft)

TDN Consensus Grade: 87.50/100 (First-Round Value)

  • Marino Grade: 87.50/100

Written By: Joe Marino

Exposures: Penn State (2021), Michigan (2021), Michigan State (2021), Penn State (2022), Michigan (2022), Maryland (2022), Iowa (2022)

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