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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Brett Johnson, DT, California

Brett Johnson has defied all odds, coming back from a horrific car accident to becoming one of the best linemen in the Pac-12. He displays good physical strength and ability against the run for the Cal Bears. Hula Bowl scout Justyce Gordon breaks him down as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Brett Johnson, #90
School (Code)University of California (CAUN)
DOB, Class Yr1/9/2001, 5th Year Senior
Height, Weight6040, 296 lbs.
40 Yd Dash5.02e
Position/DepthDT/DE
Honors/Captainship2019 3rd Team Freshman All-American, 2019 PFF 3rd Team All-Pac 12 Honors, 2021 PFF All-Pac 12 Preseason 2nd Team, 2022 Phil Steele All-Pac 12 2nd Team, 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl 1000 List, 2023 Phil Steele All-Pac 12 3rd Team, 2023 Athlon All-Pac 12 4th Team, 2023 All-Pac 12 Media Honorable Mention.
Season Viewed (yr)2023
Games WatchedAuburn. Idaho & North Texas
Scout Name / DateJustyce Gordon, 11-13-23

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

2022N/A
2021N/A
20206 solo tackles, 19 total, 1.5 sacks and 1 PD in 4 games
20199 solo tackles, 23 total, 1.5 sacks and 1 FR in 13 games

Player Summary:

Brett Johnson is a 5th Year senior at the University of California-Berkeley and has racked up a number of collegiate accolades, even after suffering a significant lower body injury that kept him out of action the past 2 seasons. Brett Johnson possesses elite physical tools such as height/wingspan/frame and is an overall solid athlete when moving in space and chasing down plays. He displays solid ability as a pass rusher with both solid get off and hand technique, as well as possessing a solid tool box and good physical strength and ability to win with power. Johnson displays good ability in run support as his physical strength makes him stout at POA, shows good ability to leverage gaps vs both Gap & Zone concepts and solid upfield burst to clog holes and take up space vs run. Johnson also shows solid ability to tackle runners between gaps in run support as well. Though good ability to win with power, Johnson possesses adequate short area quickness & flexibility to win with speed as a pass rusher and also lacks counter moves when the initial move isn’t there. Johnson struggles to stack & shed vs run as well, does a good job using arms to create space but slow to disengage, especially vs down blocks and double teams at first level. Has adequate pursuit/speed chasing down plays, unable to keep up with perimeter plays. Marginal ability to tackle in space as well, struggles containing and finishing tackles vs quicker skill position plays as well as mobile QB’s inside pocket.

Scheme Fit:

DE in a 3-4 defensive scheme. (5-Tech).

Power Statement:

Brett Johnson lacks the quick twitch to provide much of any production as a pass rusher, but he’s solid vs pass and in run support and does possess elite physical tools that give him good upside if he can continue to develop. Johnson projects as a 5-Tech in a 3-4 scheme in my opinion who can even contribute as a special teamer with his elite frame. If he can continue to develop, I believe he does have the ability to make & stay on a 53-man roster.

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