Round 5: Patrick Johnson, Tulane
Entering the NFL’s 2021 draft proceedings as a somewhat overlooked yet productive prospect from a smaller school, Tulane’s senior EDGE defender Patrick Johnson is heavy on potential sleeper criteria and could represent a value pick at one of Baltimore’s slated selections of 172 and 183 in the draft’s fifth round.
Johnson was deployed in a hybrid “Joker”-type role in Tulane’s 4-2-5 defense, and although he was used in a variety of ways at the college level he aligned primarily as either a stand-up outside linebacker or a pass rusher on the edge with his hand in the ground. Irrespective of where he lined up on a given play, the one consistent was his ability to cause disruption in an opponent’ backfield
Johnson accounted for a school-record of 24.5 quarterback sacks and 132 tackles (35 for a loss) over the course of his 4 seasons with the Green Wave, with his best statistical effort coming as part of a junior season in which he was credited with 10 sacks and 4 fumbles forced.
At 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Johnson’s build is very similar to that of Ngakoue, and when you consider his style of play and the way that he was utilized at the college level, it is not difficult to visualize him on the field for the Ravens.