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Jordan Davis meeting multiple teams prior to the 2022 NFL Draft

Besides those in-person meetings with NFL teams, sources emphasized that Davis has drawn considerable interest during his steady interactions with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.

Davis ran a staggering 4.78 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, second-fastest among all defensive tackles, displaying why he’s so fast in pursuit of the football.

It’s the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash of any defensive tackle. And no defensive player over 310 pounds has ever run a faster time. His explosiveness was off the charts, especially for a 6’6″, 340-pounder.

Additionally, Davis finished second among defensive tackles with a 32″ vertical leap. His 10’3″ broad jump is the longest of any defensive tackle, better than Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, and Gerald McCoy’s respective numbers at past Combines.

Davis’ Combine performance earned an extremely rare perfect 10-point grade according to the Relative Athletic Score (RAS).

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and if the price for Davis is to high, we can always pull our Johnson-

Eric Johnson, Missouri State DT | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Missouri State DT Eric Johnson reached the national map this offseason, but is his scouting report worthy of a 2022 NFL Draft selection?

ByJames Fragoza

April 27, 2022

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Missouri State, formerly known as Southwest Missouri State until 2005, hasn’t sent a player to the NFL Draft since 2011. In fact, only three players have been drafted from the program this century. Can Missouri State DT Eric Johnson end the drought with his scouting report in the 2022 NFL Draft?

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Eric Johnson NFL Draft Profile

Position: Defensive Tackle

School: Missouri State

Current Year: Graduate Senior

Height: 6’4 1/4″

Weight: 300 pounds

Wingspan: 82 1/2″

Arm: 33 7/8″

Hand: 10 1/8″

Eric Johnson Scouting Report

As is the case with many prospects in the class — and likely for a least a couple more — Johnson is an older prospect. He will turn 24 in July, having spent the last six years at Missouri State. He wasn’t overly productive for the Bears but flashed enough ability to earn an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles.

There, Johnson routinely won his matchups in practice and during the game. As a result, he earned the attention of the Senior Bowl. On his flight home from LA, he was rerouted to Mobile, Alabama, to participate in the prestigious all-star game. Johnson continued his upward trajectory, showcasing a beautiful spin move to beat Kentucky’s Darian Kinnard and a devasting bull rush to knock back Tennessee’s Cade Mays.

It wasn’t perfect for Johnson, but he proved he could hold up against the top competition, something he needed to do after being a five-year starter in the FCS ranks. Despite his performances during the all-star circuit, Johnson was snubbed from the NFL Combine. Regardless, he was able to showcase his athleticism at his pro day: 4.86 40-yard dash, 27.5″ vertical, 8’11” broad, 4.66 short shuttle, 7.58 three-cone, and 20 bench reps.

At 6’4″ and 300 pounds, the only DTs with faster 40 times at the Combine were Georgia’s likely first-round duo of Devonte Wyatt (4.77) and Jordan Davis (4.78). Johnson profiles as a gap-shooting 3-tech in a 4-3 system or 5-tech in a 3-4 due to his athletic potential and lateral spryness. There are plenty of areas he can improve on, but the Missouri State DT owns enough raw talent to be selected on Day 3 — likely between Rounds 5-6.

Where Johnson wins

Johnson’s key traits are his quick first step and 34″ arms. His length and powerful hands lead to knock-back ability with his initial punch. Johnson also flashes functional hand usage and explosiveness in a phonebooth. He is fluid in space and owns the speed to loop on stunts.

Johnson has a wrestling background, and it shows in his grip strength and ability to toss aside off-balance linemen. As a pass rusher, Johnson has showcased spin, half-spin, club/cross shops, and a decent bull rush. When he gets his hands inside, he has the leg drive to push opponents back and keeps his feet moving. Additionally, he has the athleticism and IQ to identify screens and make a play.

But where Johnson shines is against the run. He can square up, gain leverage, and peak into the backfield. Furthermore, he regularly shot across the face of linemen and would play off their momentum. The Missouri State DT can stack and shed, filling the two-gapping mold the NFL has been moving toward. Moreover, Johnson will move blockers to clear gaps and free up LBs to make a play.

It’s also important to note Johnson enrolled as a 235-pound defensive end. Yet, he leaves the Bears as a 300-pound defensive tackle, highlighting his work ethic off the field and in the weight room. He was versatile at Missouri State, playing nose tackle, 3-tech, and even over tackle on occasion. Lastly, Johnson has demonstrated his durability, playing in 55 consecutive games (every contest over the last five years) and seeing 50+ snaps in all but two games last season.

Areas for improvement

While Johnson is an impressive prospect, he is far from perfect. The first thing I noticed with Johnson is his pass rush seems to die out if his first move is thwarted, and he is prone to simply leaning on blockers. He plays with high pad level at times, allowing the opposition to stand him up. As a result, he struggles to regain leverage and often halts his feet

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59 minutes ago, hmhertz said:

While Johnson is an impressive prospect, he is far from perfect. The first thing I noticed with Johnson is his pass rush seems to die out if his first move is thwarted, and he is prone to simply leaning on blockers. He plays with high pad level at times, allowing the opposition to stand him up. As a result, he struggles to regain leverage and often halts his feet

Johnson is a "human run eraser".  No team will be able to run the ball up the middle on the Jets if we have Johnson and Williams clogging up the middle.  He will constantly demand "double teaming", and allow Williams to roam free.  If we drafted Hutch at #4, and Johnson at #10, Look Out!!!

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4 minutes ago, Alka said:

Johnson is a "human run eraser".  No team will be able to run the ball up the middle on the Jets if we have Johnson and Williams clogging up the middle.  He will constantly demand "double teaming", and allow Williams to roam free.  If we drafted Hutch at #4, and Johnson at #10, Look Out!!!

JD definitely needs to address the DT position as much as any on defense. I’m still feeling sick how the Colts just embarrassed us last season. Do it!

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I'd love to hear some examples of guys who were thought to be mid/late 1st round picks and then shot up the Board into the Top 10 simply because of Combine performances, testing, etc.  I know it's happened, I just can't recall some good examples.  Guys like Davis and certainly Travon Walker are having this happen right now.

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