Like Parris Campbell, Johnson’s stock is all over the place, but it should be rising after a fantastic performance at the NFL Combine. And while a team could reach for Johnson as soon as the second round due to how weak the linebacking class is, the top of the fourth round looks to be a safe bet on where Johnson will land.
As a former Dodge City Community College JUCO star, Johnson brings a chip on his shoulder and relentless effort to the gridiron. He’s also rather athletic, as the 6-foot, 226-lb linebacker exceeded all expectations at the NFL Combine with a fantastic performance highlighted by a 4.43 40-yard-dash, and a 121-inch broad jump.
While at the University of Texas, Johnson was seen anywhere the ball was, which is evident when factoring in his 147 tackles in just 23 games played, 22.5 of which were for a loss. And while he could improve while covering in space and pass-rushing, Johnson has the traits and athletisism to be a three-down player for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals could use a player of Johnson’s talents, especially after they released veteran linebacker Josh Bynes. Gary Johnson isn’t the most polished linebacking product, but, whoever drafts him should know one thing; he’s going to be one of the first guy’s at practice and the last one out.