Toledo 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Desjuan Johnson, DT
Strengths: Undersized but explosive one-gap tackle who can be impossible to stop. Plays with leverage, fires off the snap with a tremendous first step, and moves well about the field. Fires through gaps to penetrate the line of scrimmage and easily changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack.
Collapses down the line laterally in pursuit of the action and catches ball handlers from the back side. Has a closing burst to the action. Tough but also stays with assignments. Flashes power in his game.
Weaknesses: Lacks bulk and gets handled by a single blocker. Doesn’t have great growth potential. Possesses short arms for an interior defensive lineman.
Overall: Johnson has been a favorite of mine the past three seasons. Despite being dismissed by scouts, he’s one of the more underrated prospects on the interior defensive line. He’s a one-gap/3-tech tackle who I expect to be a big surprise in camp this summer.
Dyontae Johnson, LB
Strengths: Productive run-defending LB who showed improvement in his game the past four years. Quick diagnosing plays, stacks well against the run, and squares into ball handlers. Stays with assignments, has a burst to the action, and takes proper angles.
Sifts through the trash getting to the ball handler, moves well laterally, and chases the action out to the flanks. Easily changes direction and gets into space to make the play. Fluid pedaling in reverse and shows ability in zone coverage.
Weaknesses: Stiffness results in broken or missed tackles. Lacks true pursuit speed.
Overall: Johnson was very productive for Toledo and made a lot of plays in the box and up the field. He lacks next-level size and speed, but his tenacity and ability to consistently produce give him an edge this summer.
Jamal Hines, EDGE
Strengths: Undersized but athletic college pass rusher who was very productive the past two seasons. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, plays with tremendous pad level, and is rarely off his feet. Moves well about the field, can bend off the edge, and shows a closing burst.
Consistently gets leverage on opponents, keeps his feet moving, and gets a lot of momentum going upfield. Easily changes direction, can pursue from the back side, and nicely redirects to plays. Occasionally stands over tackle and is effective getting upfield. Resilient and gives outstanding effort. Remains disciplined with assignments.
Weaknesses: Lacks size and strength and is easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. Primarily asked to make plays upfield the past three years.
Overall: Hines was a small but effective pass rusher for Toledo who made an impact all five years he was on the field. He’ll be a liability against the run, yet has all the makings of a pass-rush specialist who can stand over tackle or come out of a three-point stance.
Nate Givhan, EDGE
Strengths: Underrated college pass rusher with linebacker size. Quick off the snap out of a three-point stance and plays with leverage and great pad level. Quickly gets his hands up, is very effective using them to protect himself, and fluidly moves about the field. Moves well laterally, gets out into space, and wraps up tackling. Bends off the edge, is fast upfield, and chases the action hard.
Weaknesses: Easily blocked from the action and struggles to disengage from opponents. Marginal playing strength and will be a liability against the run.
Overall: Givhan is a prospect who has been overlooked due to poor measurables, but he’s shown pass-rushing ability out of a three-point stance as well as standing over tackle. He could be an inexpensive third-down defender.
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