2022 NFL Draft: Could Jermaine Johnson be Chandler Jones’ heir?

We’re days away from the 2022 NFL Draft and who the Arizona Cardinals might take is really up in the air.

Mainly because when you draft 23, you have very little control over anything.

So we continue our review of players the Cardinals have encountered who could be in play for the first round and that continues with Jermaine Johnson.

From Dane Brugler:

A year-long starter at Florida State, Johnson lined up as a defensive end on defensive coordinator Adam Fuller’s four-man front. Considered a key member of Georgia’s first seven (team third in sacks in 2020), he bet on himself by transferring to Tallahassee to be a full-time starter, and he responded with a year of career in 2021, including an ACC- best 18.0 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks. Johnson is a long, athletic defender with quick feet and the natural instinct to win as a pass thrower and make saves against the run. While he can be too segmented and straight in his dashing attack, his engine heats up and his wipe/tear/stab moves are angry. Overall, Johnson has an average start, but his length, agility and active hands lead to disruption as both a passer and defender of the run. He projects himself as an NFL starter.

Lance Zierlein:

Rising edge perspective. Johnson has NFL traits and the potential to continue to grow and improve as a pro. He’s a year-long full-time starter with an underdeveloped passing rush and occasional lapses in awareness, but both areas should be correctable with more practice and playing experience. He’s more instinctive and consistent as a running defender, but his length and tenacity are great building blocks for tough protection. Johnson’s mix of strength and athleticism should make him a strong passer and playmaker near the line of scrimmage for odd or even fronts. He has the traits, the athleticism and the talent to project himself into the top 40 pick with a bright future.

We saw Johnson scoff as high as the top five, while also falling in the first round. It’s the reality of a one-year-old production marvel that turns 24 this year.

He has the goods from an athletic and built point of view. He was productive in his one season being able to do his thing instead of playing in Georgia’s dominant but assignment-focused defense.

His top end might be a Robert Quinn level rusher, but he’s probably edging closer to Saints Pass rusher Marcus Davenport.

Would you accept Johnson at 23?

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