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Anthony Johnson, DT

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 308 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.24--20 24 1/28'6"-7.93
Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Johnson' best attribute at this point is his initial quickness. He is frequently the first of LSU's defensive linemen off the ball, and was so even with Mingo and Montgomery still apart of this unit. Johnson's athleticism, power and well-proportioned frame form a unique combination that is sure to intrigue scouts. His burst helps him slip through gaps quickly. He also possesses long arms and the strength to extend and shed blocks in the running game. Light on his feet and a high-effort player in pursuit, Johnson can make plays all over the field.

WEAKNESSES: He is far from a polished product at this point, however, often playing too high and showing little in the way of refined pass rush technique.

--ROB RANG

Player Overview

Steps into the leadership role on the defensive line for the Tigers in 2013 ... The most-seasoned player on the defensive front for LSU due to the loss of four players from a year ago ... Goes into 2013 coming off his best spring, one that saw mature as well as learn how to play as an every down player ... Physical player with good speed ... Runs at 4.7 40-yard dash despite weighing 295 pounds ... Good at pressuring the quarterback or plugging a gap against the run ... Has lost 40 pounds since his freshman season when he played at over 330 pounds ... For career, has played in 27 games with three starts ... Has 42 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks to his credit.
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01/03/2014 - LSU DT Anthony Johnson declares for draft...No defense in the country knows the feeling of seeing talented juniors leave for the NFL Draft than LSU 's, and it looks like nothing will change where the 2014 version is concerned. Starting Tiger defensive tackle Anthony Johnson tweeted Thursday that he will forgo his senior season in Baton Rouge and enter April's draft. 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. LSU could lose both of its starting defensive tackles if fellow junior Ego Ferguson also declares for the draft. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

 

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