Scouting Report: Landon Johnson
Name: Landon Johnson School: Purdue Year: 5Sr Ht: 6-2 Wt: 223 40: 4.61 Pos: OLB Bio: Four year starter awarded All Conference honors his first three seasons in the program. Led the team in tackles with 102 as a senior, adding 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions. Junior tackling numbers were 90/5.5/1. Numbers the prior season were 82/9/4 when he also intercepted 2 passes. Made an impact as a red-shirt freshman with 71 tackles. Pos: Competitive yet athletic linebacker that plays a smart brand of football. Quick to key or diagnose the action, disciplined and effective defending the run or covering the pass. Breaks down well, gets depth on pass drops and displays a head for the ball. Takes good angles to the action, fast to the flanks and has a nice break on the pass. Slides off blocks then squares into the ball carrier, wrapping up at the point of attack. Neg: Not smooth or fluid, lacks the quick change of direction and overall suddenness. Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point. Analysis: Alert and competitive on the field, Johnson could fit in at several spots in the NFL. Could fill the duties of a weakside linebacker in several different schemes, while his pass cover skills bode well for a move to strong safety. Did not have the stand out senior season and as a result will not be highly rated going into the draft.
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