With their 4th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected outside linebacker Nico Johnson from the University of Alabama.
Johnson (6’2″, 248) should be a perfect fit in Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s 3-4 scheme, a system he excelled in while playing for head coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. It didn’t take Johnson long to find playing time during his freshman season in 2009, recording three starts in 12 games, helping the Tide capture the BCS title.
His play earned freshman All-SEC honors, totaling 28 tackles, 4.5 for loss on the year.
He earned six starts in both his sophomore and junior seasons, playing in every game and totaling 80 tackles, 10 for loss.
His 2012 campaign included five starts, while playing in all 13 games, finishing fourth on the team with 55 tackles. He also forced two fumbles and broke up a pass. Johnson leaves Alabama as a three-time BCS title winner.