2022 NFL Draft: FSU edge defender Jermaine Johnson scouting report

The following Jermaine Johnson scouting report is from his player profile page. Check it out for film, stats, and more.

Jermaine Johnson Scouting Report

Background

6’5, 265 (EST) … 2022 Senior Bowl invite … totaled 70 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks in 2021 in what was a breakout season; ended college career with 106 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks between Georgia (2019, 2020) and FSU (2021) … transferred to FSU from Georgia in 2021; was a top-three JUCO prospect prior to his time with the Bulldogs … a four-star high school recruit.

Physical makeup and athletic ability

Physically, Jermaine Johnson looks the part of a high-level NFL edge defender; has fantastic length and sports a well-built and evenly distributed frame; thick trunk that generates obvious and jolting power at the point of contact … Athletically, Jermaine Johnson is an explosive and coordinated player who gets out of his stance and into his pass rush in a hurry; can be more active than effective at times, but his motor runs hot and he has the kind of flexibility and change of direction skills that are usually found in top-tier edge defenders; more than enough speed to close on quarterbacks with violent intentions.

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Against the pass

As a pass-rusher, Jermaine Johnson’s upside is huge; while not the most nuanced in his rush moves, he’s always working with strong hands and twitchy movements and is a handful for opposing linemen from snap to whistle; converts speed to power well and can stack and shed would-be blockers with consistency; when he gets a good jump off the snap, Jermaine Johnson shows the ability to get low and bend the edge; flexible hips and ankles; keeps his feet moving through his pass rush even when he’s locked up — he finds a way to be disruptive even when blocked.

Against the run

Against the run, Jermaine Johnson is a disciplined and strong player who has more than enough functional strength to set the edge; he’s a thumper, too — when he strikes, ball carriers hit the ground; possesses good range in backside pursuit and is as effective against plays that are run away from him as he is against reps run at him.

Overall

Overall, Jermaine Johnson is a fantastic edge prospect who showcases three-down ability as an impactful starter in the NFL … he has the raw physical and athletic ability to contribute right away as a rookie and as he continues developing his pass-rush arsenal, Johnson has the potential to be a perennial double-digit sack guy in the leauge … a first-round player.

Bryan Perez

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