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NFL Draft 2020: OLB Tyler Johnson scouting report

The reserve outside linebacker could play a similar role in the NFL.

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Tyler Johnson has encapsulated what the Wisconsin Badgers football program is all about. A very similar career arc to Zack Baun, Johnson was a high school quarterback, primarily as a rushing threat, who moved to outside linebacker in Madison. He ended carving out a nice role as a rotational pass rusher for the Badgers, contributing for four years, and playing in 45 games.

In 2019, Johnson had seven tackles and a sack, along with a fumble recovery. While he was never going to wow you athletically, he always seemed to be in the right position to make a play, even if he wasn’t physically capable of always making said play.

Height: 6’3”
Weight: 241 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
Vertical jump: 31” inches
Broad jump: 112.5” inches (9’4.5”)
Short shuttle: 4.15 seconds
Three-cone drill: 6.93 seconds
Bench press: 14 reps

*Testing results are from UW’s Pro Day, held on Wednesday, March 11th

Summary: Johnson had two career sacks for the Badgers, but did force three fumbles throughout his career, showing his ability to be opportunistic. While limited as a pass rusher, he did show the ability at times to win on the high side of the rush. He was solid as a run defender, setting a physical edge. That’s his most transferable trait.

Limited in coverage, he’d be a liability in space against NFL level athletes. While Johnson was a nice rotational role player for the Badgers over the past four years, he’s likely capped at a possible rookie camp invite for three or four teams.

Projected round: Undrafted free agent