The former Buckeye started at both guard and tackle, but his body type and athleticism are perfect to stay on the outside. The Jets have too many question marks at left tackle this offseason, Paris Johnson would be an answer.
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A starter at right guard and then left tackle, Paris Johnson is a prospect that possesses incredible length and above average athleticism.
He has a quick lower half that allows him to mirror speed rushers and often dictate reps. His 96th percentile arm length aids in recovery, but that aspect of his game is still a work in progress.
Johnson struggles with overall power and inside moves. He can be driven back by the bull rush (Lukas Van Ness got him really good). When he gives up the inside it’s from being too aggressive in his punch with both hands, leaving a lot of open ground in the gap. With that being said, he has excellent natural balance. With added strength and fine tuning of his hands, these issues will be mitigated over the long-term.
In the run game, he glides to cover ground as a move blocker. There is no delay in his acceleration out of his stance and his effort is excellent. At his height, gaining leverage against shorter targets is not consistently on display. When he does get underneath his targets pads, he has the mentality to drive them into the ground, especially when climbing to linebackers and defensive backs.
Overall, Johnson has unique traits and movement skills. He should thrive in an athletic outside run game. If he can get stronger over time and limit his waist bending, he’ll have the ability to handle high end edge rushers without help.
He’s a first round tackle with an exciting ceiling, but he'll require some seasoning and patience.