STRENGTHS: Balanced athlete with above average initial quickness...smooth mover and flexible to redirect and make plays in pursuit...stays light on his feet with an active style to drop and float in space - carries his weight well...stout tackler with the body control to gear down, break down and finish...keeps his limbs in sync with his lower half and won't end up on the ground...nice job reading the play and anticipating what the offense wants to do - keeps his eye level up to track the ball...tough and competitive and won't take plays off...experience playing the 3-, 1- and 0-technique positions.
WEAKNESSES: Plays too high and easily slowed by contact or washed out of plays, struggling with leverage and power...will be knocked back on his heels and struggles to consistently anchor...soft punch and not much of a bull rushers, lacking the natural strength to overwhelm blockers at the POA...lacks natural explosion with suspect snap awareness - too many offsides calls to his name...unrefined pass rush technique with questionable counter moves, lacking creativity...doesn't play low, needs to learn how to dip and bend lower than blockers...minor durability concerns, playing through shoulder and elbow issues as a senior...hyped resume lacks substance (16 career starts) with marginal production...development appears to have stalled and needs to shed underachiever label.
A highly-recruited five-star blue chip DT out of high school, Johnson, who was displaced due to Hurricane Katrina for a time, set a new Louisiana high school record for sacks (67.5) and was considered the No. 2 prep recruit behind only Jadeveon Clowney. He received scholarship offers from dozens of top programs, but decided to stay in-state at LSU.
Johnson, who has a young daughter, is an athletic big man with smooth movements and initial quicks, but while his DL teammates are upfield, he's often left at the LOS hand-fighting with a single blocker - too easily handled in one-on-one situations. He could have used another season at the college level with a paltry resume, but has experience lining up at the 0-, 1- and 3-technique spots and brings a consistent motor to the field.
Johnson flashes natural ability, but is still very raw and not yet the sum of his parts - worth the risk early on day three due to some untapped potential, but likely will never be anything more than a part-time player.
05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Oakland's draft radar...DT Anthony Johnson, LSU: The Raiders addressed the pass rush in free agency with LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, but need to look at the interior of their defensive line in the draft. Pitt's Aaron Donald could be a surprise pick at fifth overall, but if they wait until later, Johnson might be a fit in the fourth or fifth round. He is an athletic big man with smooth movements and initial quicks, but while his defensive line teammates are upfield, he's often left at the line of scrimmage hand-fighting with a single blocker, too easily handled in one-on-one situations. Johnson could have used another season at the college level with a paltry r??sum??, but has experience lining up at the 0-, 1- and 3-technique spots and brings a consistent motor to the field. He flashes natural ability, but is still very raw and not yet the sum of his parts -- has some untapped potential and is a good value on the draft's third day for a patient coaching staff. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com