Eric Johnson II

Eric Johnson II

  • Height
  • Hand
    10 1/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
  • Arm
    34 1/4
  • Speed
DT Combine Averages
  • Height
  • Hand
  • VJ
  • Weight
  • Arm
  • Speed
Tolbert Nance - Scout
Eric Johnson II
  • Overall Rank
  • Position Rank
  • Position
  • Age
    23.9 Years
  • Team


Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 (FCS) 11 18 3 2.6% 1 -
2018 (FCS) 11 25 4 6.5% 2.5 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 BLK
2019 (FCS) 11 18 0 5.0% 0 -
2020-21 Spring (FCS) 10 27 6 5.9% 1.5 1 FR, 1 BLK
2021 (FCS) 12 34 6 8.9% 1.5 2 PD, 1 FR, 3 BLK


Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Eric Johnson is a high-cut, narrow-hipped DT with above the line overall size, possessing outstanding height and average weight. Lack of girth leads to some struggles with narrowing his base that lead to some power/balance and body control struggles. Johnson has outstanding length with outstanding arm length, outstanding hand size, and outstanding shoulder width. Johnson hasn’t been listed to have had any injuries while playing in every game he possibly could have (55 games) in his career (other than his redshirt year in 2016). Johnson is another player that gained significant weight from HS (going from 230 his FR year to 299 at the his Pro Day). Although older relatively to a ton of the prospects in the draft (along with playing 6 years in college), Johnson’s movements along with his inexperience consistently vs. high level FB (played in the FCS) could lead to him having development as well. Age is the only thing that brings his frame/durability grade down.

  • Size
  • Length
  • Frame/Durability
Grade 7.3


Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Eric Johnson has adequate toughness, with flashes of showing ability to play from a 0 to a 5 but showed inconsistencies with power/initial strike (flashed ability to lock out and 2-Gap). Too often lost his leverage by popping up immediately off the ball with adequate hand strength. Limited instincts and looks very raw in his diagnose. Needs to be more efficient with his movements (flailing at times). Does possess adequate effort that flashed even more when he was playing more 3-5-Tech for his NFL prep bowl games (NFLPA/Senior Bowl). Somewhat hot and cold at times.

  • Toughness
  • Instincts
  • Effort/Motor
Grade 5.3


Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Eric Johnson has adequate explosiveness due to flashes of ability to come out of his stance and explosiveness out of his hands to be able to strike and create knockback. What Johnson lacks there is moreso due to his inability to maintain a strong base and lack of initial leverage which can lead to him losing balance and not generating as much power as someone with a more powerful (less narrow) base. Average speed and shows ability to run in space on occasion. Limited body control that got better as the season went on going into the 2022 Spring. Looked to have improved his technique in the early offseason. Limited COD and can play down the LOS effectively toward the flow of the ball but lack redirect or suddenness (hip tight moreso than ankles). Average play strength due to powerful enough hands but lack of lower body utilization.

  • Explosiveness
  • Speed
  • Body Control
  • Flexibility/Bend
  • Change of Direction
  • Play Strength
Grade 4.7


Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Eric Johnson has average get off/initial burst and flashes ability to be the 1st off the ball due to anticipatory get off but isn’t consistently there to trust. Limited in pass rush and has some natural fluidity and foot AA to believe that he could be successful here. Lacks the UOH plan to disengage (poor) in pass rush or even generally (vs. Run or Pass). Poor heavy handedness and struggles to consistently place (aims high and wide). Limited POA due to his UOH/heavy handedness struggles along with his limited base utilization due to lack of leverage and lack of build in his rear. Average closing speed which was confirmed by his above the line 40. Limited twitch/suddenness and has good enough foot AA but looks lacking in reactionary AA. Average play temperament due to hot and cold motor (has potential).

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
  • Pass Rush
  • Heavy Handedness
  • Point of Attack
  • Disengage
  • Closing Speed
  • Twitch/Suddenness
  • Play Temperament
Grade 4.3

Grading Scale

  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1


What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
6th-year player who has started 47 of 55 career games, including 12 of 12 in 2021. Former unranked HS prospect who came into Missouri State at around 230 lbs. as a true FR while redshirting his 1st year (2016) before putting on playable DT weight going into his rFR year (2017) leading to 9 starts in 11 games played (18 tackles and 1 sack). Earned another 9 starts in 11 games in 2018 as a rSO in 2018 while leading the team in QBH (6) and blocking a potential game-winning FG at home against #9 Illinois State. Played in all 11 games in 2019 with 7 starts as a rJR (started 1st 3 games of the year and returned to that role in 3 of the last 4 games). Truly found his footing in 2020/2021 Spring as a rSR, earning All-MVFC 2nd-Team honors while starting all 10 games (extended his playing streak to 42 consecutive games while racking up 27 tackles, 6 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks). His 5.0 TFLs in MVFC games ranked 9th in the league while he also notably blocked another FG at South Dakota to set up a game-winning drive. Played in all 12 games with 12 starts in 2021 as a 6th-year while accruing 42 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the way to another All-MVFC 2nd-Team honor. Wrestled in HS. NFLPA Bowl and Senior Bowl attendee. Played under HC Bobby Petrino (2nd season), DC/SAF Coach Ryan Beard (2nd season), and DL Coach/RGC L.D. Scott (2nd season). Eric Johnson is a raw player (even for his high age) due to lack of high level experience and lack of true technique who projects as a Developmental Backup with potential to develop into a Role Backup at 3-5-Tech in a multiple defense due mostly to his length and foot AA that have previously allow him to be successful. Fidgety or "herky jerky" movements. He needs to improve his pad level off the LOS and continue to try and find ways to create wins early with his get off to be successful and minimize his deficiencies in his lower body build. Age is ultimately concerning (will be 24 soon) but ultimately Johnson provides a decent upside selection at some point toward the end of Day 3 or potentially as a UDFA (certainly not a surefire player).

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Southern Illinois
  • Nov - 06 - 2021
  • Best AA display / Initiating contact / A TFL or 2
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Oklahoma State
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Highest level of comp. played in 2021 / Herky jerky movements (looked jittery) / Not creating knockback
Best Trait
Athletic Ability / Length
Pro Comparison
N/A (too raw to find a good comparison)