Johnson’s father, Bode, is Nigerian; his mother, Traci, is from Iowa. But interestingly, Johnson’s birth name wasn’t given to him by his parents.
According to a 2017 article by the Coloradoan’s Kelly Lyell, Olabisi Johnson was named by Ola Fadeyi, an elder in Denver’s Nigerian community. Johnson wrote:
Johnson … is proud of his name, which means “to bring prosperity to your family,” and his Nigerian heritage. He traveled to the African nation several times as a child to visit his grandparents, aunts and uncles and their families.
Johnson is one of five players on the Vikings roster — and two selected in 2019 (tackle Olisaemeka Udoh) — who are of Nigerian descent. Brothers Ifeadi and Tito Odenigbo, and 2018 draft pick Ade Aruna are the other three.This guy was impressive at the East West Shrine game. Olisaemeka Udoh has the size at 6’ 5” and 323 pounds and the physical ability to play tackle at the NFL level.
The Vikings traded up in the fourth round to take Oklahoma guard Dru Samia with the No. 114 pick. They added Elon tackle Olisaemeka Udoh in the sixth round with the No. 193 pick.
“We wanted to come in and try to improve that area,’’ Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said of the line. “I think the guys we drafted were very specific to what we were going to do from a schematic standpoint, and that’s what we wanted to do to make sure that we were matching up the traits of the players to the scheme we’re going to run.’’
The Vikings made six trades in the three-day draft and had 12 selections, their most since the NFL went to a seven-round draft in 1994.The Vikings entered the draft with two players on the roster of Nigerian descent in Odenigbo and defensive end Ade Aruna. They added two more in the draft.
The Vikings selected in the sixth round Elon guard Olisaemeka Udoh and in the seventh round Colorado State wide receiver Olabisi Johnson. Both have parents from Nigeria.
“I know both (Odenigbo and Aruna),’’ Udoh said. “Ade is with my agent’s group. … Ifeadi, I know him because I used to live in Ohio (where Odenigbo is from). … That’s pretty cool to be able to join the ranks with more Nigerian players.’’
Only one of the deals led to moving up. The Vikings really wanted Samia, so they sent the No. 120 pick in the fourth round and the No. 204 selection in the sixth round to Seattle to move up six spots in the fourth.
The Vikings made one other deal Saturday. They traded with New England to move down three spots from No. 159 to No. 162 in the fifth round and took USC linebacker Cameron Smith. They also got a seventh-round pick in the deal.Sixth Round: T Olisaemeka Udoh 193rd overall, Vikings
The plan for the Vikings was simple: protect Kirk Cousins. They drafted offensive line heavy, and it should work out.
Their sixth rounder, Udoh, is a player that could be boom or bust. He has the size of a lineman, but is he good enough? He will take a small jump after playing at the Division I-AA Elon University.