Ranked By: Joe 412 and John Toth
In what is arguably the Steeler’s greatest position of need (Offensive Line),
Paris Johnson Jr. of Ohio State may be a first-round pick well spent, if he’s still
Johnson spent his first two collegiate seasons playing guard at The Ohio
State University, but has flourished into an early to mid-first round grade as a
tackle in the upcoming NFL draft.
Paris was a five-star recruit from Princeton High School in Cincinnati,
winner of the Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year award while also taking home
honors as the All-American Bowl Man of the Year. He was the anchor of an
offensive line in Columbus that surrendered only 7 sacks during the 2023
Individually, Johnson was a semifinalist for the prestigious Lombardi Award
and maintained an impressive academic resume, offering teams that may draft
him a player that will combine intelligence with talent, only getting better with
experience. He’s proven a high character “guy,” and in high school started the
Paris Johnson Jr. Foundation, which helps veterans and disadvantaged children.
Here is a look at Paris Johnson Jr.’s pros and cons:
OT- Paris Johnson Jr. Measurables:
Weight: 315 lbs.
Arm: 35 6/8”
Span: 85 5/8”
Great length with powerful hands
Can play both with finesse and/or power when needed
Explodes off snap, impressive speed
Hits the second level fluidly/guard type pulling skills
Mauler mentality plays through the whistle
Hasn’t played left tackle since high school.
At times does not extend arms/ players get inside on him.
Add some muscle and weight to play around 330.
Mauler mentality can lead to dumb penalties.
Draft 412 projects Paris Johnson Jr. to be one of top three tackles in the NFL Draft.
Draft 412 has him listed as (2 nd OT, 11 th overall prospect) The ceiling on Johnson Jr.
should keep him in top 15 of the draft, even with lack of left tackle experience.
Projected Draft Position
Expect Johnson Jr. to be one of the top tackles taken in the draft and should go in
top half of the first round of the upcoming draft. Paris has the potential to lock
down a spot as a starter for any team that seeks a right tackle but may need to
learn the left side of the offensive line. With his pedigree and high football IQ,
Johnson will likely be a long term solution for any team seeking to improve in the