RUSH Edge – #11 Florida State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: (Eden Prairie, MN)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8003)
JUCO School: Independence
JUCO Rating: 4 star (0.9303)
Phil Steele: PS#1JC
Jermaine Johnson Scouting Report
Incredible speed and quickness, absolutely love his ability. Has the athletic tools to just dominate. Excellent lateral quickness. Uses his length to create space, than works around the blocker with his stellar lateral quickness. Impressive to watch on tape. Very good body control. Works well to pick through traffic with careful steps and the proper angles.
First step isn’t great, but he takes his time to assess the blocker and the approach the blocker will be bringing to the rep. Very explosive athlete overall. Not particularly a “brute” per se, but is remarkably effective with his length and strength.- Balance is off of the charts. Doesn’t offer much bend off the perimeter.
Hands could be utilized better, but he’s effective enough. Uses his length to create a lot of space. Very smart hand placement. Uses his length extremely well. Solid tackling ability. Wraps up well. Delivers a violent hit on impact. Shows the ability to be an effective pursuit defender, especially in the backfield. Very strong instincts as a pass rusher. Keeps himself in position well. Excellent motor. Does not give up. Plays through the whistle.
What we want to see from Jermaine Johnson in Mobile
- Jermaine Johnson simply needs to come out and meet expectations. We hope, however, to see him play with linebackers to some extent to see what he can do in man coverage against tight ends. He has the size and the length to be effective if he has the technique. We want to see how far away he is from being that factor on the field.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Jermaine Johnson best projects into a 3-4 defense as a RUSH edge, mostly as a pass rusher. His run defense is somewhat limited as is his ability in pass coverage which means he’s probably a situational player to start his career. Regardless, he’s a dangerous pass rusher who can really develop over the next couple years into a fierce force in the NFL.
To us, Johnson looks like a second/third round selection in the upcoming class. He is strictly a finesse rusher who brings some power and athleticism to the charts, but offers very limited bend and flexibility off the edge.