There are two guard prospects in this draft that are commonly seen as first-round worthy picks. One of them is Boston College Eagle Zion Johnson.
Johnson has enjoyed a great career at Boston College and is now expected to be a mid-first to an early second-round pick in this year’s draft. There is some speculation as to if he will need to sit behind a starter for a while or if he can be a plug-and-play starter. Most say it may come down to scheme.
While the Eagle is a tad bit undersized, he makes up for it with his explosion at the point-of-attack and powerful usage of his inside hand. He had very good Senior Bowl and Combine appearances and you can see his strength and ability to match up against other interior linemen with his power.
Another note on Johnson is that he only had four penalties in his entire three-year career at Boston College, in which he played over 2,200 snaps. The East Coast prospect also spent time at left tackle, which helped develop his pass blocking. His only other knock is his technique could be more polished and he can be a bit slow while changing direction.
As far as his tape shows, Johnson would be a great addition to this line with great power and how high his ceiling is. However, sitting behind McGovern and rotating throughout the season would most likely be the best idea with Johnson.