G – #77 Boston College
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Riverdale Baptist (Bowie, MD)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: PS#265
Zion Johnson Scouting Report
Average speed for the position. Decent lateral quickness. Stout upper body. Excellent stiff arm and usage. Strong anchor set. Good plant stance. Strong bend, very flexible athlete. Doesn’t show a lot of recovery. Placement is average.
Struggles to deal with stronger hand fighters. Doesn’t have a counter ready to move to. Strong hands. Locks down defenders well. Very strong pass protector. Locks down well and handles stunts with relative ease. Susceptible to the inside move. Good, solid squared technique.
Good push at the snap typically. Does a good job trying to get the proper angle to cut back and create run gaps. Decent technique, engages and moves to create separation between him and the defender. Has a decent stiff arm. Struggles to deal with defenders counters. Ran combinations of man and zone schemes at Boston College.
What we want to see from Zion Johnson in Mobile
- When studying how Zion Johnson loses his reps, there is a common theme. He almost always struggles with a counter move from the defender and doesn’t have a plan to work back to as he works into his recovery technique. We want to see Johnson working on that. Will he have a plan in those moments? Can he show that in Mobile?
- We really just want to see Johnson confirm everything that we’ve seen on tape. The stout, strong anchor and powerful, consistent run blocking would sell him to be the prospect that he is – reliable.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
We love how Zion Johnson projects to the next level. He’s among the more pro-ready offensive linemen in the class. Boston College ran a pro-style scheme, Johnson was consistent throughout his career, and his size is perfect. We like him as a day-one starter and potential pro bowl player.
We like Johnson as a first/second-round prospect. We think he’s a top-64 pick in the class and can potentially start at left guard somewhere immediately.