Seattle Seahawks First Round Target #4: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State
Like Cross and Penning, there are plenty of options on the edge in this class as well. Travon Walker has been a name to follow all offseason, but another one that might be jumping past him on lists is Jermaine Johnson. The former Last Chance U star has put together an impressive last few months that have many mocks placing him in the top 10 of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Through the draft process Walker and Johnson have been near identical so this will be a hard decision to make if it comes down to these two. For Combine grades, Johnson received a 6.49 and Walker a 6.48 on the NFL’s website. As for Next Gen Stats, Johnson was an 81 while Walker came in at 80. They are nearly neck-and-neck.
The big difference between Johnson and Walker is the timeline. Johnson seems to have a bit higher of a ceiling, but lacks the experience that Walker gained with Georgia during the 2021 season against some of college football’s top talent.
While Johnson is great in the passing game, he has some work to do in the run game. However, in the NFC West that might not matter as much. While the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals run, it isn’t exactly from a strong running back so those flaws for Johnson would be masked a bit in Seattle.