Small School Prospect Profile: Jamal Johnson-Webb, OL, Alabama A&M

March 7th, 2013

Jamal Johnson-Webb hopes to make the jump from the SWAC to the NFL.

Small School Prospect Profile: Jamal Johnson-Webb, OL, Alabama A&M
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 313 lbs

Combine Results
Arm length: 35 ¾ “
Hands: 10”
Bench Press: 17 reps
Vertical: 23”
Broad Jump” 92”
40 yard dash: 5.37 seconds
20 yard shuttle: 4.74
3-cone: 8.12

Positives: Has decent natural power and athleticism. Thickly built with tree trunk legs and broad shoulders. Consistently quick off the snap. Fires out arms quickly and can jolt with his punch. Has some ability to sink his hips and drive while engaged. Has played both guard spots and left tackle. Decent natural knee bender, stays low in his stance. Demonstrates some ability to recover if beaten initially. Not afraid to mix it up or play a little beyond the whistle.

Negatives: Relatively new to football and it shows. Didn’t play until his senior year of high school and is still learning the nuances of the game. Hand placement is inconsistent. Lacks natural quickness to his feet in both his shuffle step and in finding targets in space. Poor foot frequency while engaged. Has not faced high-level competition. Tries to absorb power rushes like a wall instead of using his legs and driving his feet.

I only saw one full game, against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but that matchup proved to be a smart one to watch as his opposing left tackle was Terron Armstead, a top 75 pick. He is clearly not on Armstead’s level but I saw enough to suggest draft worthiness in that game and in clips from a couple other games.

Johnson-Webb is more physical and looked more athletic on tape than his Combine numbers suggest. He was beaten on outside-in moves a couple of times but had enough length and strength to recover and not get beaten cleanly. Where he stood out is in run blocking, and that portends to his NFL future as either a right tackle or guard. Johnson-Webb is at his best when firing out off the snap and engaging quickly with his long arms. He is much better at moving his feet while run blocking, and he has enough strength and leverage to turn shoulders and seal edges. I did see a tendency to lunge out if the target isn’t right in front of him, but that can be coached.

Much of what is “wrong” with Jamal Johnson-Webb is indeed coachable. The one thing that isn’t is in finding him an ideal position. He is built like a left tackle but is not quick enough or savvy enough to play there. His style and current skillset suggest guard, but he’s taller than ideal and not as powerfully strong as teams want at that position. His bet spot is likely right tackle, which means he must learn yet another spot.

I didn’t see enough of him in action to provide an accurate grade, but I can see Jamal Johnson-Webb getting drafted in the final 40 picks of the draft. It appears more likely he winds up as a priority free agent after his unimpressive Combine.—Jeff Risdon

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