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Nevada - Wolf Pack


James-Michael Johnson

James-Michael Johnson - #52 - ILB

Height: 6-1 1/8
Weight: 241
Speed: 4.66
Arm: 32 7/8
Hand: 9 3/8
Wingspan: 79 1/2
Birthdate: 08/20/1989
Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Grade: 5.39

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/21/2012 Nevada Pro Day 6-1 1/4 242 9 5/8 32 7/8 80 5/8 4.23 6.99
02/29/2012 Combine 6-0 1/8 241 9 3/8 32 7/8 79 1/2 4.65 23 10'4" 37 4.38 12.06 7.38
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-1 1/8 249 9 5/8 32 3/4 79 3/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-0 7/8 243 9 32 3/4 79 1/4 4.68

 

Notes:

Cousin, Jerome Boyd, is a strong safety for the Oakland Raiders. Johnson also competed in basketball, baseball and track and field as a California prep. Redshirted in 2007. Playing strong-side linebacker in ’08, started 10-of-13 games and recorded 48 tackles, 121⁄2 for loss and 11⁄2 sacks with one pass breakup, one interception and a forced fumble. Started all 13 games on the strong side in ’09, posting 58-11 1⁄2-2 with five pass breakups and one interception. Was the Wolfpack’s leading tackler in ’10 when he started all 14 games at middle linebacker and produced 88-8-2 1⁄2 with two pass breakups and three forced fumbles. Totaled 100-5 1⁄2-1 1⁄2 with three pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble in 13 starts at MLB during the ’11 season. Two-time team captain.

Positives:

Good size — thickly built with a broad upper body and sturdy trunk. Keen eyes and instincts. Fits in the run game. Athletic movement skills. Good balance and knee bend. Can scrape and flow. Pursues naturally inside-out — ranges to secure tackles and shows closing burst to finish. Vertical leaped 37 inches and broad-jumped 10 feet, 4 inches at the Combine. Played inside and outside. Four-year starter. Outstanding personal and football character — mature, motivated and hardworking. 

Negatives:

Lacks ideal height. Needs to get stronger — does not play off blocks quickly and is not a punisher. Average play speed. Leaves some plays on the field and is an inconsistent tackler. Too many tackles made down the field. Can be overaggressive and overrun some plays. Has man-coverage limitations. Not anticipatory in zone. Could use more glass in his diet.

Summary:

Athletic, productive, experienced, versatile 4-3 linebacker with interchangeability and possible starter potential. Heart-and-soul type who should contribute readily on special teams.


James-Michael Johnson's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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