After addressing WR with their first pick in the fourth round, the Cleveland Browns have added some much needed depth at LB.
The Browns picked Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson with their second fourth round pick, No. 120 overall, which they obtained from the Denver Broncos when they traded down in the third round on Friday. Johnson is listed as an ILB, but was versatile enough to play both inside and outside in college.
Johnson's strengths are that he's a sure tackler, strong, and active in both run and pass defense. His primary weakness is that he struggles to make big plays. I think he can add the kind of depth we need at the linebacker position despite not being an immediate impact starter. With his ability to fill gaps, hopefully he can help the Browns shore up the run defense.
Here's his scouting report from NFL.com:
Johnson has played both outside and inside during his four years at Nevada, finishing up at the Mike position in his final two years. He has been a productive tackler and is an obvious leader and inspiration on the defense. He is athletic and thick, and he brings power to the line of scrimmage when tackling. He has fourth-round talent and has the temperament to contribute on special teams early.
What do you think of James-Michael Johnson and the pick at No. 120?