- 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: There were 32 NFL teams represented at South Carolina Pro Day on March 27. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was among the coaches who attended. A total of 18 players worked out on field-turf outdoors in 50 degree weather with 5 mph wind. T.J. Johnson C (6-4 ??, 309 pounds) - He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 and 5.23 seconds. He kept everything else from the combine. Johnson hurt his right hamstring after attempting his second 40-yard dash, which is the reason why he didn't finish nor have positional workouts. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
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Considering the amount of pass blocking they're usually asked to do, as well as the new-found focus on running the ball (since Marcus Lattimore joined the team), Steve Spurrier hasn't produced highly regarded offensive linemen with the consistency one might expect.
Johnson, frankly, isn't a top notch prospect either, but he does possess the size, toughness and experience to potentially earn a late round selection in April's draft.
Johnson redshirted in 2008. That was the last time he wasn't on the field for the Gamecocks. He started all 13 games a year later at right guard and was switched to center in 2010, where he's earned the nod the last 27 consecutive games.
POSITIVES: Always looking to block someone and continues to fight through the whistle. Effort isn't an issue and he gets the most out of his abilities. Quick hands off the snap and has a lot of experience pulling and getting to the second level. Versatile experience as a four-year starter in the SEC with playing time at guard and tackle.
NEGATIVES: Plays too tall at times and struggles with leverage, getting blown backward off the snap and overpowered at the point of attack. Often overextends and lowers his head, falling off blocks and ending up on the ground. Struggles to redirect and handle secondary moves by defenders. Slow feet and doesn't look comfortable in space. He has shorter arms and needs to improve his hand placement, attracting too many penalties in college.
COMPARES TO: Dallas Reynolds, OL, Philadelphia Eagles