Thursday, July 17, 2008

Early Looks: DE Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech)

When looking up the term "freakish athlete" in the Webster Dictionary, Georgia Tech's senior Defensive End Michael Johnson is listed. The 6'7'' 260 pound player decided to pass on the 2008 NFL Draft last April and return to the Yellow Jackets for his senior season. He is looking to improve on his 21 total tackles (11 solo), 3 forced fumbles, 4 sacks and 2 blocked kicks that he recorded last year.

Originally recruited out of high school as one of the top Tight Ends in the nation, Johnson made the transition to defensive end as a true freshman in 2005. He is a tall, athletic player with tremendous pass rushing ability. He is quick off the snap and plays the game with a high motor. The biggest knock on Johnson has been his inability against the run, often giving up the interior lanes and not shedding off blocks. He possesses all of the physical tools to be a defensive end in the NFL but will need to improve his production this season. He compares to former DE and 3-4 Outside Linebacker Manny Lawson (49ers) with his athletic frame, quickness and play making ability. Expect him to be one of the top draft picks in the 2009 NFL Draft.

(Note: We are still in the process of evaluating Michael Johnson and will post a more accurate analysis and breakdown as the 2008 seasons rolls on).

Noteworthy games: Sept 6th at Boston College; Oct 18th at Clemson; Nov 29th at Georgia

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