Pick #9: Jermaine Johnson, Edge
There is no player I want more in round one than edge rusher Jermaine Johnson. The Seahawks have missed having a feared pass rush since Frank Clark was traded away. The team has consistently ranked among the bottom in pass-rushing win rates, quarterback pressures, knockdowns, and tackles for a loss.
This has resulted in opponents picking apart a suspect secondary. However, the Seahawks today have the beginnings to build a front 7 that opponents have to spend considerable time to scheme against.
Jermaine Johnson has the upside to be a top 10 edge talent in the NFL. He is crazy athletic, with an impressive 9.57 RAS score (this means he ranks in the 96th percentile of all defensive ends in terms of athleticism).
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 254 lbs
- Arm length: 34″
- 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds (93rd percentile)
- 10-yard split: 1.55 seconds (97th percentile)
- Broad jump: 125″ (92nd percentile)
What this all comes to is he is an explosive athlete. His zero-sixty is elite. His burst is elite. His strength is elite. He has the athletic score to be one of the best in the NFL.
Best of all, he fits the new scheme. He has the flexibility to play both in coverage and rush the passer. During his last year in college, he accumulated 17.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks. Just imagine paring Johnson with Darrell Taylor as the team’s premier pass rushers.
Now that is something that opposing teams would fear. Keep going, you’ll see how this all comes together.