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Starting Tiger defensive tackle Anthony Johnson tweeted Thursday that he will forgo his senior season in Baton Rouge and enter April's draft. The tweet:
These last three years at LSU have been good to me but I have made the decision to enter the 2014 NFL draft @nfl .— Freak X (@freakxlsu) January 2, 2014
Johnson led LSU with 9 tackles for loss in 2013, his first season as a full-time starter, and finished fifth on the team with three sacks. It speaks to Johnson's immense potential that those numbers were considered slightly disappointing after a sophomore season with 10 tackles-for-loss and three sacks as the third member of the Tigers' tackle rotation.
The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Johnson was a consensus five-star prospect and the No. 1 defensive tackle in the class of 2011 coming out of New Orleans' Perry Walker High School, earning the nickname "Freak" for his quickness and agility.
NFLDraftScout.com currently considers Johnson the No. 10 defensive tackle in the 2014 draft class and a third-round prospect.
LSU could lose both of its starting defensive tackles if fellow junior Ego Ferguson also declares for the draft.