One of the most difficult prospects to figure out in relation to the 2019 NFL Draft class from the Horns football program is the speedy and athletic linebacker Gary Johnson. Whatever way you look at it, Johnson should fall no later than the sixth round of the upcoming NFL Draft. He’s too athletic, versatile, and talented not to get a shot by that late in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Former JUCO prospects can be more difficult to judge for NFL scouts than four-year players from the Power Five level. Since Johnson only got to play on the Forty Acres for two seasons, he’ll need to have a nice showing at the NFL Combine and any workouts and the Pro Day for Texas. He didn’t play in any of the recent showcase games either.
Depending on the pundit and/or site you follow, Johnson falls anywhere between a projected middle round selection to a seventh round prospect. DraftBlaster projects Johnson as a late round (fifth to seventh round) pick for the 2019 NFL Draft. Bleacher Report put him as a projected middle round selection in terms of where he’s falling on big boards.
The Draft Network describes some of the weaknesses for Johnson as something that could be a lot to overcome at the NFL level. Some of his block shedding and decision making from the past two seasons were questioned. And, those are challenges that are difficult to prove he’s overcome in events like a Pro Day or the NFL Combine.