Zion Johnson, OG
School: Boston College | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6’3” / 312 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late 1st – 2nd
Player Comparison: Laken Tomlinson
After graduating from Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Zion Johnson attended Davidson College hoping to be an engineer. Although he played golf the majority of his upbringing, he excelled playing football at Davidson College and eventually transferred to Boston College. He continued an elite level of play once at BC. In each of his three years there, he was named all-ACC. Johnson was also chosen by his teammates to be a captain for the 2021 season.
· Solid anchor and consistently plays with good pad level
· Strong, sustains blocks, and is rarely beaten if he engages
· Has a tendency to look for work
· Experience at left tackle
· Sometimes is a little slow out of his stance
· Can improve his blocking in space
· Heavy feet
· Only played on left side of the line
Let’s see his work
Zion Johnson shoulder shrugging the blitzing safety straight to hell pic.twitter.com/AziF5ZdLFg— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 7, 2022
Zion Johnson (LT here) chips the 3-tech, then bullies the LB out the frame pic.twitter.com/n2bTkA32rk— Kyle (@marblekyle) March 6, 2022
Zion Johnson is a OG prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored an unofficial 9.55 RAS at the Combine out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 54 out of 1175 OG from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/nNM0bZfHhm #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/8FZx4bbkoX— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 5, 2022
How He Fits On The Team
Zion Johnson has the size, strength, and technique to be a very good guard in the NFL. If there is an area I’d like to see him improve, it’s his ability to locate and block targets at the second level. Even without doing that, he appears to be a plug-and-play guard. While his experience has come on the left side of the line, I don’t think switching sides will be difficult for him given his ability to make the leap from Davidson to Boston College.
Brandon Schreff is on his way to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Washington also cut Ereck Flowers and quickly replaced him with Andrew Norwell for half the price. The team has Wes Schweitzer who was a versatile backup last year, and they might want to keep him in that role if they can find a starter in the draft. It would demand a pretty high pick, but Johnson is definitely a candidate in the draft that could fill that spot. His strength makes him an ideal player in Scott Turner’s power running scheme and he has enough movement ability for inside zone blocking.