2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LB Buddy Johnson

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Buddy Johnson is a four-year player that has started in 23 games (played in 47 career games) over the past two seasons. An instinctive and physical player as a MIKE linebacker, he was at the center of the Aggies' attack. A bit of a throwback player at the position, he's a strong run defender. Attacking the first level with plenty of energy and bad intentions, he's been able to accumulate lots of action in that variety. Pass coverage is where his biggest improvements will need to come, as he has lots of stiffness in his hips that negatively affects him in both man and zone coverage. If able to do that, Johnson could be the combination of a standout special teams player who could serve as down-the-line depth at the middle linebacker spot.

Ideal Role: Developmental MIKE or SAM.

Scheme Fit: An attacking four-down defensive front that allows him to play SAM or MIKE.

Written by Jordan Reid

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