Physical player that looks to lay a huge hit when he arrives at his target. Shows tremendous leadership ability when on the field. Very aggressive in run support and has the ability to play inside the box. Fantastic work ethic and gives his all consistently during the game. He is no slouch in coverage and is not going to be a liability in the secondary. Has the ability to force turnovers for his team.
A little undersized which can lead to issues when covering larger receivers. Has trouble at times getting off of blockers which takes away his effectiveness. Can get beat by receivers that have an elite release off of the line. Needs to work on his diagnosis of when to lay a big hit or simply just wrap up for the tackle.
2018: Hamstring (Missed 2 weeks + Limited against North Carolina) History of Hamstring issues
2018: Florida State, Boston College, UVA, LSU
Jaquan Johnson has been a staple in the Miami Hurricanes defense for four years. Often seen as the best player on the defense, teams would gameplan to take him out of the game as much as possible. However, Johnson has continued to make plays consistently. Johnson is seen as one of the hardest hitting players in this draft. That is impressive considering his size (5-10, 190lbs). Teams in the NFL will be skeptical because of his smaller size as many safety are built bigger than him. What Johnson doesn't have in size he makes up for in competitiveness and heart. Johnson gives his all every play and does everything he can to get the win. Johnson can make an immediate impact for a team at the next level. He will make teams that pass on him pay down the road.
Displays good quickness and agility. Shows the ability to maintain his balance when knocked off his base by blockers. Has good change of direction ability when keeping up with opposing running backs and receivers. Has good overall flexibility that helps him to make tackles at difficult angles. He is able to twist and turn his body and position himself to make a play. Shows solid deep speed that he is able to maintain for long distances. This allows him to cover large areas and helps him to cover receivers racing downfield. Very explosive player that has a knack for causing chaos in the box. He shoots through gaps to find his target and is always in on the play. His film screams "explosive player". Displays good coordination that helps him when coming in to make a tackle. This allows him to get the angle on the player and get his body in the position to make the play.
Big Play Ability