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16Jun 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #71 Ron Johnson, Jr.

Ron Johnson, Jr. (image via MWolverine)

Name: Ron Johnson, Jr.
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: Camden (NJ) Camden
Position: Defensive end
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #17
Last year: I ranked Johnson #73 and said he would redshirt. He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 83

Johnson came into last season as a relatively unpolished player with some decent upside, and with Michigan’s depth on the defensive line, the chances of him playing were slim. Michigan got a ton of production from the guys who did play, and Johnson wasn’t ready, anyway.

This spring Johnson was playing some defensive tackle, and it was hard to figure out the reason. He didn’t appear to be significantly bigger. The most likely reason is that Michigan didn’t have a ton of options at defensive tackle, combined with Johnson perhaps still not being a decent option for playing time on the outside. If the staff were counting on him to contribute heavily this fall, they would probably be giving him reps at the position he’s likely to play. I think Johnson is at least a year away from playing significant minutes, and we’ll see whether they continue to bulk him up for an interior position.

Prediction: Backup defensive end

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