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Nico Johnson | Linebacker

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 246

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Chiefs selected Alabama LB Nico Johnson with the No. 99 overall pick.
Johnson (6-2, 248) was a two-down inside 'backer in Nick Saban's 3-4, exiting the field in all passing situations because he lacks cover skills. As a senior, he registered 55 tackles — two for a loss — and two forced fumbles. Johnson ran forty times of 4.73 and 4.77 at the 'Bama Pro Day, with a 30-inch vertical and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He was a special teams regular at Alabama, and should start out there in Kansas City. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:17:00 PM

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah considers Alabama ILB Nico Johnson a fourth-round prospect.

Johnson hasn't received a lot of buzz during the process and is purely a run stuffer between the tackles. For that reason, he is a role player, but it is always nice for a prospect to have a specialty.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 12:51:00 PM

"Many" NFL teams reportedly view Alabama LB Nico Johnson as a two-down linebacker who will have to leave the field on nickel downs.

In the pass-happy NFL, the nickel has essentially become a base defense. So not being able to defend the pass is a huge negative. Johnson failed to do so effectively in college, and continued to struggle at the Senior Bowl. Russ Lande of the National Football Post anticipates Johnson being drafted "later than expected."
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 08:44:00 AM

As it currently stands, Alabama senior LB Nico Johnson may only run in the Crimson Tide's base 3-4 defense and come off the field in passing situations.

Junior C.J. Mosley would spell Johnson in nickel and dime situations. The two shared time last season and beat writer Don Kausler doubts the duo will regularly play side by side because of the emergence of sophomore Trey DePriest as one of the team's rising stars. If Johnson is limited to only specific schemes or situations in college it could limit his value in evaluators eyes, especially considering where the league's offenses are headed now.
Source: AL.com
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 01:51:00 PM