This past season, Johnson performed well as a senior in his first season as a starter for the Jackets. Johnson moved from safety to outside linebacker in former defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s 3-4 defense and finished with 66 tackles, second on the team. His improvement was clear, as he totaled 49 of his 66 tackles in the Jackets’ final seven games. He also was named ACC linebacker of the week after collecting nine tackles, three for loss, against Miami on Nov. 10. Johnson also had the fastest 40-yard dash time at Tech’s pro day, 4.61 seconds.
Going to the rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis, Johnson would have to perform well enough to convince the team to sign him as an undrafted free agent.