NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time, but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
A good list to check to see who teams have met with is usually at WalterFootball.com.
So far, teams have had access to players at various bowl showcases (like the Senior and East-West Shrine Bowls), the Combine and some pro days. Therefore, I am going to profile players you should know and who the Ravens could select in the 2022 draft. Next up is Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson II. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape
Weight: 254 pounds
Strengths: Sets the edge well in the run game (if that is still as important for the Ravens with the new defensive coordinator); great motor; excellent length and uses that length well; explosive first step; uses hands extremely well and has an array of moves to get to the quarterback; plays a smart, violent game. I love this player!
Areas For Improvement: Was he a one-year wonder at Florida State? This is the only question I have. He was stuck in a rotation at Georgia and wanted to showcase his talents more, so he transferred to FSU. If I want to get nitpicky (which I will), he isn’t bendy and can be thrown off-balance one out of every 10 plays.
Other Notes: Johnson started his college journey at Independence Community College (the JUCO route). While at Independence, he was featured in the third season of “Last Chance U.” He transferred and played two years at Georgia before transferring to Florida State. He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, a Walter Camp All-American and stood out during Senior Bowl practices.
NFL Player Comparison: Everson Griffen
Draft Projection: Day 1 starter who shows elite traits. Johnson could be a top 10 pick and is one of the top four edge defenders (Aidan Hutchinson, Travon Walker, Kayvon Thibodeaux) available in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Photo Credit: FSU Sports Information