Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Scott Tolzien (3) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Nico Johnson (57) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. San Francisco won 15-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Player Profile: Nico Johnson

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The NFL regular season is right around the corner and with that, KC Kingdom is providing you with a player profile up until week one kick off. Today we will focus on inside linebacker Nico Johnson.

How did Nico Johnson become a Kansas City Chief?

Nico Johnson was drafted in the fourth round in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played at Alabama for four seasons and totaled 163 tackles (16.5 for losses), nine defended passes, four forced fumbles, two sacks, and two interceptions (Source: Sports Reference). Johnson had a few National titles under his belt while a part of the Crimson Tide, and Chiefs fans were excited for him to join the defensive corps and start wrecking havoc on opposing offenses.

2013 Stats

Nico Johnson didn’t really impress too much last season. He was injured during the preseason and didn’t shine much. He started in one game, which was the week 17 match-up against San Diego (keep in mind that the majority of starters were benched that week due to the following week’s playoff game). In his lone start in the NFL, Johnson managed seven tackles.

Overall 

There is definitely more to come from this former fourth round selection. He is only going into his second year in the pros and should improve immensely this year (barring any injuries of course).

Johnson has been said to be a beast when it comes to stopping the run and that will be a vital key in his success with Kansas City. In a division with Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, Monte Ball, Ryan Mathews, and Danny Woodhead, it will be nice to have yet another solid guy to shut those big name running backs down.

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