6 edge rushers the Vikings could select in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Jermaine Johnson (Florida State)


  • Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 254 pounds

2021 Stats:

  • 70 total tackles (17.5 for a loss)
  • 11.5 sacks
  • 2 pass deflections
  • 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive TD
  • 2 forced fumbles

Jermaine Johnson’s story is one Viking fans will love. Johnson starred at Eden Prairie High School but was deemed academically ineligible to play college football. He went to Independence Community College and was one of the players featured in the third season of “Last Chance U”.

Johnson went on to play two seasons at Georgia before transferring to Florida State. In his lone season with the Seminoles, Johnson led the ACC with 11.5 sacks and 45 pressures before declaring for the NFL Draft.

The Senior Bowl served as a breakout party for Johnson, who profiles as another versatile defender. Although he played at defensive end, he also spent time as a stand-up pass rusher. Once again, this gives the Vikings plenty of options.

Minnesotans can get caught up in the “One of Us” storyline. But Johnson is a legitimate prospect. Another edge rusher that can get to the quarterback would be great for the Vikings’ defense and allow Hunter and Smith to move throughout the formation.