Jermaine Johnson
No. 52 – New York Jets
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1999-01-07) January 7, 1999 (age 24)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Eden Prairie
(Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Total tackles:29
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at · PFR

Jermaine Curtis Johnson II (born January 7, 1999) is an American football defensive end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Independence CC and Georgia before transferring to Florida State in 2021 where he was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Johnson was drafted by the New York Jets with the twenty-sixth overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school

Johnson grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and attended Eden Prairie High School. As a senior he was named All-Metro after recording 37 tackles and seven sacks.[1] Johnson was academically ineligible to play NCAA Division I football after graduating with a 1.9 GPA.[2]

College career

Johnson began his collegiate career at Independence Community College.[3] While at Independence, he was featured in the fourth season of the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U where he played under head coach Jason Brown.[4] As a freshman, he had 58 tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles.[5] Johnson transferred to the University of Georgia following the season.[6]

Johnson played in every game for the Georgia Bulldogs as a sophomore, where he had 20 tackles and 2.5 sacks.[7] As a senior, he finished third on the team with four sacks with 16 total tackles and 11 quarterback hurries.[8] Towards the end of the season Johnson entered the transfer portal and enrolled at Florida State for his final season of NCAA eligibility.[9] Johnson had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in his first game for the Seminoles, a 41-38 overtime loss to Notre Dame, and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week.[10][11] He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC after he finished the season with 70 tackles and led the ACC with 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.[12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+58 in
(1.95 m)
254 lb
(115 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
4.58 s 1.59 s 2.68 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[13][14]

New York Jets

Johnson was selected in the first round with the 26th overall pick by the New York Jets in the 2022 NFL Draft.[15]


  1. ^ Shaver, Randy (November 18, 2016). "KARE 11 All-Metro Team 2016: Defense". Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  2. ^ "How Jermaine Johnson went from Kansas to Georgia Bulldogs". The Telegraph. December 20, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  3. ^ Johnson, Bailey (December 9, 2020). "Linebacker Jermaine Johnson is coming into his own for Georgia". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  4. ^ Paschall, David (December 20, 2019). "Jermaine Johnson adjusts from 'Last Chance U' stardom to limitations at Georgia". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  5. ^ Nemec, Andrew (July 10, 2018). "Jermaine Johnson, nation's No. 2 JC DE, includes Oregon Ducks in top 5". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  6. ^ Hill, Jordan D. (August 3, 2018). "Four-star defensive end Jermaine Johnson commits to Georgia". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  7. ^ Fuller, Marcus (September 12, 2020). "From 'Last Chance' to big chance for Eden Prairie's Jermaine Johnson at Georgia". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  8. ^ Weiszer, Marc (December 15, 2020). "UGA football LB Jermaine Johnson plans transfer". The Tennessean. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  9. ^ Fernandez, Andre C. (July 22, 2021). "Jermaine Johnson II leading revitalization of Florida State defensive line". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  10. ^ Megargee, Steve (September 17, 2021). "Prospect watch: FSU's Johnson capitalizing on expanded role". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Weiler, Curt (September 7, 2021). "FSU defensive end Jermaine Johnson named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  12. ^ Murschel, Matt (December 1, 2021). "FSU's Jermaine Johnson II named ACC Defensive Player of the Year". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  13. ^ "Jermaine Johnson Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  14. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  15. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (April 29, 2022). "Jets Select Florida State Edge Jermaine Johnson II with No. 26 Pick of 2022 NFL Draft".