Jaleel Johnson, DL
School: Iowa | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 309 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd - 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Akiem Hicks
Johnson is a 2-year starter at Iowa, racking up 15.5 TFLs and 11 sacks during this time and progressing from All-Big Ten honorable mention his junior year to first-team All-Big Ten his senior year. As a senior interior defensive lineman, he led the team in both sacks and tackles for loss (7.5 and 10, respectively), which is a very impressive accomplishment. Johnson was raised in high school by his aunt in Chicago rather than his parents back in New York City. Freakish athletic fact: Jaleel Johnson posted a top recorded speed of 19mph at the Senior Bowl, significantly faster than any other defensive lineman or running back.
- Plus first-step quickness off the snap - has initial burst to play in 1-gap 3-4
- Gives high effort on every play, did not see him take any snaps off
- Uses solid jab technique to engage blockers and push the pocket
- Offers upside as both a high-effort run defender and interior pass rusher
- Has a little mean streak, can deliver a big hit or get chippy after the whistle
- Too often plays with high pad level, stalling out rush
- Not strong enough to anchor against double teams
- Needs to continue to build bulk and strength on his frame
Highlights & News
Jaleel Johnson stealing the show at North practice today. Explosive,Strong,Quick and Tough. Like him a lot.— Adam Williamson (@WilliamsonSAW) January 25, 2017
Jaleel Johnson showing really good hand usage in the DL vs OL drills #seniorbowl— Steve Shoup (@Steveospeak) January 25, 2017
Here was the rep of Kyle Fuller standing up Jaleel Johnson. pic.twitter.com/I84rhePsCx— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 26, 2017
How He Fits on the Redskins
Jaleel Johnson was one of my sleepers during the college season leading up to the pre-draft evaluation process because of his technique, well-balanced skillset, quality size and history of production. He’s garnered enough attention to be a likely Day 2 pick, but I doubt he lasts very far into the 3rd round.
He would be a very good fit in the Redskins’ scheme as a 1-gap interior lineman and fits an obvious need. If we’re really going BPA in the first, I don’t think that equates to a defensive lineman unless Solomon Thomas or Malik McDowell (project pick) are around. In the most likely scenario, we could address the defensive line in the second with Johnson, which I think would be a very solid pick to develop under the tutelage of Tomsula and Manusky.