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2016 NFL Draft: Austin Johnson selected 43rd overall by Tennessee Titans

Austin Johnson - DL, Penn StatePick Analysis


Austin Johnson – DL, Penn State

Pick Analysis

Johnson is another of the defensive tackles who could have gone a lot earlier. For Tennessee he is a big, powerful man who could play the nose or defensive end spot in their 3-4 defense. He should immediately improve their run defense, and eventually contribute on 3rd & long packages as well. Tennessee continue to use the haul they got from the #1 pick to fill in the gaps in their roster. They are having a great draft week. Toby Durant

Player Analysis

I kept going back to the film over and over with Johnson, questioning whether it was the right call to place him above many names in this strong DL class.  Every time coming away with the same affirmative conclusion.  He really could be one of the most under-rated players and an absolute steal a little bit down the road.  The strength in depth not just in this group but in the 2016 draft as a whole means there’s a good chance Johnson is pushed down to a second round pick.  Outside of a bit of polish to some rough edges in his game, there’s almost nothing lacking about him either physically or in his skill set.  Johnson moves quickly for his big size to go with his length.  His wide frame combined with that quickness is exactly what NFL teams look for at the position.  Johnson excels in playing the run, totalling an exceptional 78 tackles on the year from his interior spot.  Yet despite that being his strength, he really stepped up as a rusher as well.  In 2014, you could see the flashes of potential in that role with his speed, powerful hands and relentless effort, but it only resulted in 6 TFLs and 1 sack as he struggled to finish.  It clicked this year though as his backfield production shot up to 15 TFLs and 6 sacks.  He still can look a little wild and uncoordinated that leads to some inconsistency and balance issues, but with a little refinement and developing more of a plan when rushing, and the results could be devastating. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+


2016 NFL Draft: Austin Johnson selected 43rd overall by Tennessee Titans

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