Outside Linebacker #23
Senior, 6’0 235
- Quick play recognition
- Plays hard on special teams
- Fights to maintain the edge
- Played at a low level of competition
- Will sometimes hesitate when playing the edge
- Sacks came late in the play
Tre’von Johnson has a great burst off the ball from the edge but is expected to play as a weak-side inside linebacker according to the scouts he spoke to at the NFLPA bowl. His move inside has to be related to his lack of a presence in pass coverage. He was solid against the run at Weber State. His skill set should allow him to fit well as a “Will” backer in a 3-4 defense.
The St. Louis native was a captain for Weber State during his last two seasons. His leadership was well documented around the program and it’s easy to see when watching his tape. He has some intangibles but his 235-pound frame allows him to run well laterally and help cover more of the field.
As the league adapts to evolving offenses, linebackers have gotten closer to weighing Johnson’s weight. If he’s able to improve in pass coverage, he could be a true value selection for a team. He never had to play a heavy load of pass coverage in games because of Weber State’s competition and lack of solid quarterback play, but his ability to cover can get better with proper coaching.
Round Value: 7th
NFL Comp: Tyler Matakevich
Johnson can get on an NFL team by way of playing a specific reserve linebacker role and a core special teamer for a 3-4 defensive team. He played physical and selfless on kickoff coverage. Smaller school guys often have to earn their stripes by way of doing the dirty work. Johnson did that at Weber State and he can do it at the next level.