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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Summary: Dytarious Johnson, LB, Eastern Illinois

Dytarious Johnson
Dytarious Johnson the playmaking linebacker from Eastern Illinois University is a guy that will knock you out your shoes if you come across the middle.

By Craig Forrestal

Dytarious Johnson

  • School: Eastern Illinois
  • Position: LB
  • HT: 6ft1
  • WT: 255
  • Hometown: Prattville, AL
  • High School: Prattville
  • Recruit Ranking:
    • Rivals: 3 Stars Class of 2016
    • 247: 3 Stars/ 55 overall ILB in Class of 2016
    • ESPN: 3 Stars/ 76 overall OLB in Class of 2016

2017 Season

  • Competed in all 11 games at linebacker and on special teams
  • Recorded 53 tackles (35 solos), the highest total for a non-starter

2018 Season

  • Appeared in all 11 games making ten starts at linebacker
  • 78 tackles including a team-high 46 solo stops
  • Season-high 13 tackles against UT Martin which included 5.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble
  • 12 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble against Tennessee State
  • 10 tackle performances at Eastern Kentucky and at Southeast Missouri
  • 15 tackles for loss ranked second in the Ohio Valley Conference

2019 Season

  • Played in 11 games missing final game due to injury
  • Voted second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference at linebacker
  • 67 including a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss including 36 solo stops
  • 4.5 sacks on the season
  • 4 forced fumbles which led the OVC
  • 2 fumble recoveries including one returned for 50 yards against Murray State
  • Ranked third in the OVC in tackles for loss (13.5)
  • Ended the season with 36.5 career tackles for loss which ranked seventh on EIU career list 


Johnson is a one-time Michigan commit that found his way to the EIU campus and has been rock solid for them since arriving. Johnson

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