The Trench Warfare 2022 NFL Draft Film Room - Episode 4 featuring Boston College OL Zion Johnson
Welcome back everyone to the fourth edition of the Trench Warfare film room with special guest Zion Johnson, who joined me for a 60 minute deep dive into his 2021 season. Johnson was my top-rated guard prospect in the class since our scouting reports first published in January, and he has only helped himself throughout the off-season process. Johnson moved inside to center in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and played well despite that being the first time he saw meaningful action at the position. Then he tested like an elite athlete at the NFL Combine, putting a cherry on top of his excellent film.
Free preview 1 - Johnson’s pre-snap checklist near the goal line: How field position, alignment and defensive tendencies changes his mindset, technique and method of attack in wide zone
We covered a lot of ground in this episode, with Johnson divulging invaluable insight into the offensive line position. Speaking with him was incredibly enjoyable and impressive to be a part of. I am very excited for you to sit down, check this out and learn more about a player I see as an instant, longtime quality starting guard in the NFL.
Free preview 2 - Johnson uncovered in pass-protection detailing how he uses his experience as a five-year starter as an asset and why eye discipline is critical for correctly processing the most dangerous man when the picture changes after the snap
Here is a list of some of the topics Johnson and I went over:
I began the show by reading two lines from my scouting report on Johnson that provide a snapshot of how he wins as a player. We showed exactly what those strengths looked like as the film room went on.
Aiming points, footwork and overall technique on backside cut-offs.
The art of deciphering line games and stunts, plus how extensive game experience helps clue in on the defense’s intent.
In-depth breakdown of Johnson’s self-described toughest matchup; FSU DT Robert Cooper (6’2” 338 pounds).
Several examples of what elite-level play core strength looks like and maximizing power output.
“The benefit of the clicker.”
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