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With the 159th pick in the NFL Draft the Indianapolis Colts select Eric Johnson, DT, Missouri State.

Meet Eric Johnson

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Background:

Johnson comes to the Colts with multiple Midwest ties as he grew up just outside of Chicago and attended Missouri State for college. Johnson’s senior year at Plainsfield South was one to be remembered as he exploded with 29.0 tackles for loss and 17.0 sacks. Johnson went on to redshirt his freshman year at Missouri State, which would end up being his 1st of 6 collegiate seasons. He would end his college career with 131 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 5 blocked field goals.

Play Style:

Johnson’s long build and skill set would best be used as a rotational 3 technique at the pro level. Johnson had a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl, where many who watched said he was one of the week’s biggest winners. His length and agility will help his chances at the next level and could add to being a small school diamond in the rough from this year’s class. I project him to battle it out in training camp for what was once Taylor Stallworth’s snap count. To succeed at the next level, Johnson will need to work on being patient off the snap and making plays at a more consistent level.

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