With the 159th pick in the NFL Draft the Indianapolis Colts select Eric Johnson, DT, Missouri State.
With the 159th pick, the Indianapolis #Colts select Eric Johnson!
Welcome to Indy, Eric!#NFLDraft #ForTheShoe pic.twitter.com/cRbUjrI66I
— The Blue Stable (@TheBlue_Stable) April 30, 2022
Meet Eric Johnson
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.
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.
DL Eric Johnson (Missouri State) was my highest graded non-Combine prospect this year at No. 179 overall.#Colts just drafted him No. 159. Love this player.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 30, 2022
#MissouriState DL Eric Johnson was one of my last evaluations of this class and he has such a quick, explosive first step. Really disruptive.
Solid developmental player for the #Colts.
— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) April 30, 2022
It was fun to watch new #Colts DT Eric Johnson wreck shop at the NFLPA Bowl before heading to Mobile to do the same. Mans killed it on both coasts in January
— Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan) April 30, 2022
Updated with bench correction.
Eric Johnson II was drafted with pick 159 of round 5 in the 2022 draft class. He scored a 9.39 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 90 out of 1459 DT from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/de2dJlN1US #RAS #Colts pic.twitter.com/eUYwWMaVRg
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 30, 2022
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