Leon Johnson, OT, Temple
Plainfield, NJ | 6050 | 320 | 5.20E | 2018
Possesses great length and athleticism for his size, has a basketball background so he can move his feet a bit. Was hindered throughout the 2016 season and underwent surgery on his shoulder, groin and hip during the offseason, which forced him to miss 2017 spring practices. Seemed to be mysteriously benched during the first quarter against Navy (2017). Could it be more nagging injuries or coach’s decision? More investigation needed but he has been hampered by an ankle injury during his senior season. He was taking reps at defensive end and defensive tackle during 2017 training camp. When he is on the field, he does seem to step up and take charge; he’ll call out the blitz pre-snap and point out reads to his quarterback. He has adapted well to the new up-tempo offense installed in 2017. Technique could use some refinement all around. The fact that he doesn’t play the majority of snaps, whether it be injury-related or due to performance is a real concern. Will have to make a team as an undrafted free agent due to his size and athleticism, he should at least receive a look-see.
2016: Emerged as the starting right tackle during camp and started there in all 14 games … was praised by former head coach Matt Rhule as the most productive player vs. Charlotte despite entering the game battling multiple injuries.
2015: Started at right tackle against Penn State, but was injured in 3rd quarter … injured and didn’t play against Cincinnati and UMass … returned to starting lineup at Charlotte … game captain at SMU and started at LT … started seven games and played in five others as Owls employed a six-man rotation … part of starting offensive line that led FBS in time of possession improvement from previous season.
2014: Played in six games mostly as a reserve guard and tackle … made his collegiate debut in the season opening win at Vanderbilt … made his first career start in week 10 vs. East Carolina.
High School: Two-way lineman for coach Dom Longo at Bound Brook HS … as a senior, had 20 tackles, including 15 solo stops … also played center for the Crusaders’ basketball team.
Personal: Born Hubert Leon Johnson … prefers to go by middle name … mother is Valerie Graves … served an internship with Comcast SportsNet in the spring of 2017 … advertising major.