Critt Johnson: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Critt Johnson
School: University of Albany/VMI
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I was able to accomplish my goals of starting either game, including games at both right and left tackle. As well as giving up 5 or fewer sacks for the entire season.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I was able to work on improving my technique, especially the use of my hands, with a new set of coaches and start every game of the year against excellent competition while playing both sides of the line.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
That I’m a team player who leads by example, never complains, is always on time, completes every rep at 100% effort, and has my teammate’s backs.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I try to look at the small details where I can make improvement rather than just whether I was successful on the play. For example, I will look at my hand placement or helmet placement critically to see how I can correct subtle technique issues.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I was not a five-star recruit and worked hard to earn my scholarship at a military college, where there is more responsibility than a typical college. I’ve had to earn my playing time every step of the way while completing a difficult major and the military requirements, so I know how effectively manage my time and understand delayed gratification. I played on a team that went from almost the bottom of the rankings to some of the best seasons in school history. I never give up and know how to win.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am training at 1String sports in Norfolk, VA, where I have been training for years now and then I will go down to Dallas, TX, and train at Michael Johnson Performance, to do lineman-specific training.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I will provide the type of steady and reliable performance that is key to any offensive tackle in a league where the passing game is key to success. I am at my best in pass blocking and know I can compete against even the elite pass rushers in the NFL. I am never satisfied with my performance and am always looking to improve.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I am nowhere near my ceiling as a player and only need the opportunity to prove myself. No other player will outwork me.