The Colts bolstered their defensive line with their first pick on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft, selecting Missouri State defensive tackle Eric Johnson in the fifth round with the No. 159 overall pick.
The 6-foot-4, 299-pound Johnson played in 55 games (47 starts) in five seasons with Missouri State and recorded 131 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and four blocked field goals. He earned second-team All-MVFC honors in 2020 and 2021.
Johnson is a native of Plainfield, Ill.
The Athletic's Dane Brugler summed up of Johnson: "He flashes phonebooth explosiveness, functional hand use and play range. He should appeal to multiple schemes and is ideally suited as a five-technique or quick-penetrating three-technique."
View photos of Missouri State DT Eric Johnson, selected in the fifth round by the Indianapolis Colts.
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