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ILB Derrick Johnson - Kansas City Chiefs

6-4, 235Born: 11-22-1982College: TexasDrafted: Round 1, pick 15

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Johnson suffered a torn achilles in early December but expects to be ready for training camp. He was cleared for individual drills at minicamp in mid-June. The team re-signed Josh Mauga in early July in a possible sign that they will ease Johnson in when training camp opens.

Summary

Generally a model of LB1/2 consistency for over a decade, Johnson enters his age-35 season slipping undeniably. He remains a strong bet to notch 100+ tackles and an impressive array of splash plays if healthy for 16 games, but that's anything but a given. Johnson is rehabbing a ruptured Achilles, a devastating injury for young athletic phenoms, let alone speed-reliant guys at the tail ends of their careers. There's a strong chance he struggles to fully return from it and sees his decline hastened. All told, Johnson projects easily to another strong LB2 season on paper, but carries far too much downside to justify his typical IDP draft cost. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 35, 24, 25, 29, 34, 45, 60
Overall Redraft - 61, 36, 50, 60
ILB Dynasty - 32, 27, 40

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 KC 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 KC 16 96 21 4 2 0 2 8 0
2016 KC 13 71 20 1 0 0 1 3 1
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 70 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 88 * * * * * * *

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2017 Schedule

1@ New England Patriots
2vs Philadelphia Eagles
3@ Los Angeles Chargers
4vs Washington Redskins
5@ Houston Texans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Denver Broncos
9@ Dallas Cowboys
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12vs Buffalo Bills
13@ New York Jets
14vs Oakland Raiders
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
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