Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (HT: 6’2½", WT: 308 lbs)
NFL Comparison: Randy Starks, DT, Miami Dolphins
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- Good initial quickness, shows the ability to anticipate the snap and fire off the ball.
- Can be quick to engage, occasionally attacking the back foot of his opponent and gaining leverage early in the play.
- Decent athleticism with burst to close the gap on the quarterback or ball-carrier.
- Generally continues his pursuit to the sideline, appearing relentless at times.
- Flashes active hands at times, utilizing a chop-and-pull technique to beat his man. Shows the ability to shed blocks when he gets his hands into the breastplate of his opponents’ shoulder pads
- A natural 3-tech who is best suited shooting the B-gap in that role at the next level.
- Changes direction fairly well in space.
- Fights to get off blocks, flashing a spin move.
- Shows the awareness and discipline to take away the screen pass.
- Possesses the requisite size for his jump to the NFL at 6’2.5”, 308 pounds.
- Decent length with arms measuring 33”.
- Played in multiple spots along the LSU interior. Lined up at 1-tech and 3-tech in the Tigers' base four-man front and also lined up over center at times in 3-4 looks.
- Very young at just 21 years of age, seems to have plenty of upside.
- Plays too high. Can be stood up at the line of scrimmage and is too easily turned around when opponents run directly at him.
- Lacks the ability to anchor, is a mediocre run defender and can be washed out of the play. Does not hold up well against double-teams.
- Must improve his hand placement, does not consistently position his hands to win the leverage battle at the point of attack.
- Inconsistent impact, disappears for stretches.
- Needs to do a better job of using his length to create space and lock opponents out of his body. Struggles against longer offensive linemen.
- Lacks tremendous lower body strength. Is not an overly powerful or physical presence inside.
- Drops his eyes and loses track of the ball.
- Does not penetrate consistently due to average lateral quickness and unrefined hand usage.
- His momentum can be used against him, as he is occasionally guided past the quarterback or ball-carrier.
- Average balance, is on the ground too often and is at times guilty of overextending.
- Turned in a bit of a disappointing performance at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- May have left college prematurely as a junior.
- A bit of an underachiever, flashed early in his LSU career but never became the dominant player some envisioned him becoming.
- Second-team All-SEC 2013
- Nicknamed “The Freak”
- General Studies major
Once thought of as potentially the next Glenn Dorsey for the LSU Tigers, Anthony Johnson never managed to live up to lofty expectations. While he did not make the expected impact in his first season as a full-time starter, his considerable raw talent was evident at times.
At the next level, he is best suited to be a rotational 3-tech in a 4-3 scheme, but he could develop into a an every-down player in time with the right attitude and coaching.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round
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