Jerome Johnson NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Jerome Johnson NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

  • 2021
  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • B1G
  • Big Ten
  • CGS
  • College Gridiron Showcase
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Draft
  • Draft Prospect
  • DT
  • Hoosiers
  • Indiana
  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Jerome Johnson
  • NFl Draft
  • NFL Draft Prospects
  • Prospect Profile
  • Scouting Report
By Mitchell Wolfe February 22, 2021 0 Comment
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Jerome Johnson is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Jerome Johnson is a defensive tackle from Indiana and prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Johnson played in seven of Indiana’s eight games this year with six starts. He earned First-Team All-Big Ten from the media and Second-Team from the coaches, the first Indiana defensive tackle to do so since 1993.

In 2020, Johnson recorded 18 tackles (12 solos), 4.5 TFLs, 4 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovered. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished as the 313th-ranked defensive tackle (20% snap minimum) with an Overall grade of 56.0 (54.6 Run Defense, 39.1 Tackling, 57.7 Pass Rush, 58.4 Coverage).

Coming out of high school in Mississippi, Johnson was a three-time first-team all-state player and helped lead his team to a fourth straight state championship. He was a consensus three-star recruit with offers from other Big Ten and some SEC schools. Johnson selected Indiana and redshirted in 2016.

READ MORE: 2021 College Gridiron Showcase Defensive Standouts

After his redshirt year, Johnson played in every game for the next three years. He earned an honorable mention on the All-Big Ten Freshman team as a redshirt freshman. In 2018, he earned a starting role three games into the season and led the team in sacks. Johnson tied for the team lead in sacks and finished second on the team in TFLs in 2019, earning the team’s award for most outstanding lineman for the second straight year.

In the NFL, Johnson projects as a one-gapping, 3T defensive tackle. He is not overly large by any means but has adequate size to compete in the NFL. Johnson would be best served as a reserve defensive tackle playing on passing downs. If Johnson can add some weight, he might be able to play more on base downs where he can hold up against the run.

Scouting Capsule

Jerome Johnson NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.


Jerome Johnson attended the College Gridiron Showcase and measured in 6 feet and 2 5/8 inches (6025) and 292 pounds. His hands were 10″ and his arms were 34″. At Indiana, Johnson was listed at 6’3″ and 304 pounds.


College Gridiron Showcase Highlight Videos Courtesy of Bengals Brawl Host Josh Cavalcante.


  • Solid athletic ability for DT; good burst and first step off the snap with solid ability to change direction and move in space
  • Uses his hands well to deflect OL’s hands and slip by them to penetrate the backfield
  • Very good motor and hustle; competes with offensive lineman to the end of the rep and finishes at the ballcarrier on the vast majority of plays.


  • Struggles when asked to two-gap as a 4i-5T; does not have the size or power to hold up there
  • Also struggles when asked to rush the edge, as he does not have the athletic ability to beat OTs around the edge
  • Erased versus multiple blockers when rushing the passer from the interior

NFL Comparison

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.


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