STRENGTHS - Johnson shows good initial pre snap awareness and rarely is found out of position. He is well built and has a strong lower base which allows him to drive defenders off the ball. He posses great height which can help him engulf smaller defenders especially blitzing backers and safeties. He has been extremely durable having played in every game and shown versatile enough to play an interior spot on the line. He has a nice at the snap step that helps him reach defenders and seal off holes.
WEAKNESSES - With his height he does struggle to bend properly at the knees which help defenders gain leverage and can drive him back into the pocket on pass pro. He is also limited in his lateral movement when needing to adjust in space or recover against quicker defenders. He will need to improve his consistency with his hand placement because he gets high and allows defenders to easily counter and disengage. He also struggles athletically when getting to the second level and drops his head when blocking.
SUMMARY - T.J. Johnson has been an iron man for the South Carolina line starting every game at guard and center position after red shirting his freshmen year. He has a great frame and could stand to add even more bulk if needed but it can also cause him issues with more explosive defenders. His ability to play any interior spot make him a huge asset along the line and should help him easily make a roster. He is best suited as a center where he can be more of a help blocker and keep him from having to match up one on one to often where he can struggle in space. It will take a season or so to help him improve his foot quickness and work on his flexibility to help him bend better at the knees and not at the waste. Johnson should be an immediate help to add depth and play on FG/Point After Units. With his height he can also move outside and play on short yardage and goalline situations. Overall T.J. would make a solid 5th round selection in the upcoming draft as he has flashed the potential to develop into a starting center in time.