Boston College OL Zion Johnson selected in 1st round by Chargers

Boston College offensive lineman and All-American Zion Johnson can now call himself a first-round NFL draft pick.Johnson, a native of Bowie, Maryland, was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 17th overall pick.The 22-year-old played his first two collegiate seasons at Davidson College, an FCS school in North Carolina, as he was lightly recruited out of high school.Johnson then transferred to Boston College after his sophomore season and made an immediate impact in his first year with the Eagles. He played in all 13 games and made seven starts at left guard as a junior in 2019.In 2020, he was elected a BC team captain and started all 11 games at left tackle during a season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.With a fifth year of eligibility, Johnson started all 12 games last season. He played 11 games at left guard and one at left tackle, earning first team All-America honors from The Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.Johnson also participated in the Senior Bowl, one of the premier college football all-star game showcases for NFL draft prospects.As a graduate student at Boston College, Johnson majored in cybersecurity and told ESPN that he would someday love to be a network analyst who helps maintain the security of certain organizations or clubs – whether it be an NFL team or another sports “I was really interested in computers. I used to build them when I was in high school, and really the next step for me was to get into coding,” Johnson said.

Boston College offensive lineman and All-American Zion Johnson can now call himself a first-round NFL draft pick.

Johnson, a native of Bowie, Maryland, was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 17th overall pick.

The 22-year-old played his first two collegiate seasons at Davidson College, an FCS school in North Carolina, as he was lightly recruited out of high school.

Johnson then transferred to Boston College after his sophomore season and made an immediate impact in his first year with the Eagles. He played in all 13 games and made seven starts at left guard as a junior in 2019.

In 2020, he was elected a BC team captain and started all 11 games at left tackle during a season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a fifth year of eligibility, Johnson started all 12 games last season. He played 11 games at left guard and one at left tackle, earning first team All-America honors from The Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Johnson also participated in the Senior Bowl, one of the premier college football all-star game showcases for NFL draft prospects.

As a graduate student at Boston College, Johnson majored in cybersecurity and told ESPN that he would someday love to be a network analyst who helps maintain the security of certain organizations or clubs – whether it be an NFL team or another sports organization.

“I was really interested in computers. I used to build them when I was in high school, and really the next step for me was to get into coding,” Johnson said.

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