Cedric Johnson
Height: 6'2
Weight: 298
Position: DT
Brainiac’s Average Grade: Football 3.5 / 5.0

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Cedric is a little more difficult evaluation than most. I originally came across him last year and I felt like he was a quality/solid player. Given the lack of depth at DT in the state of Texas this year I thought he’d definitely be a kid to watch based on how he did his junior year. I’d say my assessment of him is probably similar now but given what we’ve seen in terms of Oklahoma’s scheme and personnel development this year I’m not so sure that Cedric would be the right fit for Oklahoma. I can’t stay away from saying the word “quality” when I look at Cedric. I see a quality get off but not a disruptive first step. Wade, for example, was more sudden off the line in HS and Wade certainly isn’t the most explosive player in college. Torrea was more sudden than both but wasn’t as physically commanding and that remains the case. Cedric is a strong guy and can get his arms extended but he also looks to have filled out more than Wade had at the same time. Wade was around the same weight but still looked thin in HS. Still you have to appreciate how physically overwhelming Cedric can be at times. You never see him give ground. One of his redeeming qualities is he plays with pretty good pad level compared to other DTs you might see in HS. But to be honest that isn’t a huge deal because I know Coach Montgomery is a great teacher and were Cedric to end up at Oklahoma, Coach Montgomery would handle that anyway. It does tell me something about Cedric’s ability to coil and his flexibility overall and I think he’s solid in those regards. He looks like he has good straight line speed in the open field but not a lot of agility. To be elite at the 2-gap NG position you really have to be excellent at a lot of things. Cedric is pretty good at a lot of things but not necessarily excellent in any one area, though if he is, it’s definitely in the strength department. Overall a pretty good prospect.

Grade: 3.4

I went into this thinking that Cedric would play that 4i, but after watching his film, he’s a nose all the way.  He’s got good size for the position, and appears to have gotten bigger than he was last year.  He’s very strong at the point of attack, and at times flashes great power and quickness.  Can be very disruptive.  Probably a better pass rusher than a lot of defensive tackles who are the same age.  He plays low and with good leverage.  He’s very powerful and thick in his lower body.  Very strong and powerful at the point of attack.  Still learning how to use his hands, and needs to continue to develop the upper body strength.  With enhanced upper body strength and improved hand fighting could become an immovable object in the middle, as at times he can get turned.   With the right coaching, he could become a very good a gap player in a 4-3 or a really good nose.  He’s listed at 298 now, but will fill out at 320. Gut feeling says he’s a good kid who works hard and wants to be successful. He’s one of those players who is kind of in between.  What I mean is that he’s not truly dominant, but with the right coaching and work ethic on his part, he could develop into a really good player.  Kind of reminds me of Adrian Taylor a little bit who wasn’t that hyped coming in, but worked his butt off and was the robin to Gerald McCoy’s batman.

Grade: 3.6

Has above average initial quickness for his first step but true forte is shedding blocks. He has very good hips and great leverage which allows him to defeat double teams with ease. He looks to have long arms which allows for a lot of separation which is very important for a possible NT. After defeating blocks, he does an excellent job of getting down the line and make a play. He plays with a lot of physically shows very good strength at the point of attack. I would assume his bench press is through the roof.

Grade: 3.5