Prospect: Nahki Johnson
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 230 pounds
Position: Defensive End
School: West Mifflin (Pa.) West Mifflin
Committed to: Pitt
Projected Position: Defensive End
Frame: Not overly long, but has a compact frame that could bolster up to around 245 pounds fairly easily.
Athleticism: He has a lightning quick first step and plays with great pad level, showing a bend. Presents as positionally versatile and can really get after the passer with great pursuit. Not the most fluid athlete in space, but has plenty of top end speed.
Instincts: This young man plays with an incredible amount of anticipation. His first step is quick as it is mostly off of instincts and a knowledge of when the ball is set to be snapped. Can tell he really settles in the back half of games when he’s figured out tendencies.
Polish: He’s going to need to add some weight to hold up in a Power-5 conference, but all of the athleticism and speed is certainly there. He’s a proponent of the swim move, and it could lead to him exposing his chest against premier offensive lineman.
Bottom Line: This is a three-year starter at a school like Pittsburgh. He’s going to have to add to his arsenal in terms of a pass rush package. He would be best in a system that allows him to use his quickness off the snap, perhaps a slant based defense.