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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

LB James-Michael Johnson, Nevada

James-Michael Johnson, #52
6'1", 249 lbs., 22 years old
Fairfield, CA
2011: 100 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, INT, FF
2010: 88 tackles, 8 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 3 FF
2009: 58 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 2 sacks, INT
2008: 48 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, INT, FF


- An athletic linebacker that manned the middle for the Wolfpack defense.
- Speed is his biggest asset, showing a good burst and closing speed.
- Has a good feel for coverage, won't get burned easily by tight ends.

- Plays a bit too high at times and is easily controlled by blockers.
- You'll see him get caught on his heels causing him to look a bit unbalanced  when trying to shed blocks.
- An arm tackler. He struggles to bring down the ball carrier with a thorough body tackle. Needs work in this area.

Special Notes:
- Turns 23 in August.

Projection: 4th to 5th round
- JMJ, as many people will soon be calling him as the draft draws near, possesses great athleticism for the position. I think he can be a very good special teams contributor and a key depth strongside linebacker. He's a bit too unreliable on defense to have him be a starter at this point.

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