Draft Rewind 2013 – Nico Johnson – Kansas City Chiefs

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about NICO JOHNSON: Alabama, 6015 248 4.80. Started 20 games over four year career. Experienced in the 3-4 defensive scheme. A downhill run stuffing linebacker. Projects as a strongside inside linebacker. Started five games in 2012. A two-down linebacker. Experienced on special teams’ coverage. Needs to work on his ability to play in space and improve as a pass coverage linebacker. Senior Bowl notes: Shows quick initial reactions at times but was inconsistent with read. Hesitation as he read run/pass. Uses his hands well taking on blocks and can be physical shedding. Has some strength and power redirecting off a block. Was not instinctive in reactions. Poor fits-getting caught out of position and on the wrong side of blocks. Showed some change of direction but was consistently out of position. At times made the wrong read on run/pass taking him out of the play. Did not hustle consistently to get back in the play. Struggles in space. Grades out as an upgrade to a current need backup. Produces with limitations. 2012 stats: 55 T, 2 TFL, 0 sacks, 1 PBU, 0 INT. Medical exclusion at Combine – sports hernia. Fourth/fifth round. (A-32 7/8, H-9 1/4, BP-DNP, SS-4.44).

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