2017 NFL Draft

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Ed Johnson

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 307 | College: Penn State
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The defensive line sustained significant graduation losses, but will be bolstered by senior Ed Johnson. He brings good size, skills and experience to the field, as the Lions look to replace three starters on the defensive front. The former Detroit prep standout is a strong pass rusher who plays with a great deal of enthusiasm and tenacity. Johnson played in every game in 2004, with three starts late in the season. He recorded 21 tackles (12 solo), including four tackles for loss. He was not enrolled for the 2005 fall semester. Johnson should have an opportunity to be a major contributor this season and likely will battle Elijah Robinson for one of the starting defensive tackle assignments.

2005 Season

Johnson was not enrolled for the fall semester.

2004 Season

Johnson played in every game, earning three starts late in the season against Iowa, Ohio State and Northwestern. He recorded 21 tackles (12 solo), including four tackles for loss, and had two pass breakups. Johnson tied his career-high with six stops (five solo) against Iowa, helping hold the Hawkeyes to six points. He made five hits against Northwestern. Johnson was on the field for 405 snaps as he helped the Nittany Lions emerge as the only team in the nation to not allow more than 21 points in a game.

2003 Season

Johnson played in every game, earning three starts in the initial four games of the season. Johnson recorded 26 tackles, with 2.5 tackles for loss, and caused one fumble. He started the season-opener with Temple and made five tackles against Boston College. He tallied four stops at Nebraska, a season-high six against Kent State and three at Michigan State. He saw action on 358 snaps, topped by 57 against Boston College.

2002 Season

Redshirt season.

High School

Johnson was a four-year starter for Coach Steve McGhee at Crockett Technical HS. He helped lead Crockett to the Division 5 regional final and its first Public School League playoff appearance. During his career, Johnson played defensive tackle and end, linebacker, fullback, guard and tight end. One of the top players in Michigan, he was named all-city and all-state after his senior season. The Detroit Free Press selected him to the Michigan Dream Team and the Detroit News named him a Michigan Blue-Chip player. As a senior, he recorded 83 tackles, 14 sacks, five interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. He also rushed for 350 yards on 41 carries, scoring six touchdowns. Johnson also lettered in basketball and track and field.


Full name is Edward Andre Johnson. He has a younger brother, Drew, and a younger sister, Patra. He likes to take pictures and sing in his free time. Johnson is majoring in labor and industrial relations. Born December 18, 1983 in Detroit, Mich.


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