Get to know defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson, signed as an unrestricted free agent on April 8, 2021.
Name: Jaleel Johnson
Position: Defensive lineman
Height/Weight: 6-3, 316
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Get to know Jaleel:
- Johnson, a fourth-round draft pick (109th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft, played four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2017-2020). He recorded 87 total tackles (43 solo), nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, nine quarterback hits and one forced fumble in 53 career games with 20 starts.
- In 2020, Johnson started all 16 games for the first time in his career and set single-season career highs with three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits.
- Johnson played four seasons (2013-16) at the University of Iowa after redshirting his freshman season in 2012. He earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors his senior year (2016) and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors following his junior season.
- He and Texans defensive back Desmond King II are teammates again after playing all four seasons together at Iowa.
- In a 14-13 win over No. 2 Michigan, Johnson had one of the best games of his collegiate career, leading Iowa with nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and a safety for the Hawkeyes' first score of the game.
- Johnson was invited to both the Senior Bowl and the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
- Although he grew up in Brooklyn, Johnson's mother sent him to live with his aunt in Chicago where he had a better chance to thrive.
- Johnson attended Montini Catholic High School as a senior and earned first team All-State, All-Conference and All-Area in his only season there. Johnson was named team captain as a senior, he also helped lead his prep team to a 12-2 record and a state championship.
- He spent his first three years at St. Joseph's High School, he was a starter as an offensive and defensive lineman. Johnson also lettered twice as a heavyweight wrestler.
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