Anthony Johnson, DT

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 308 lbs.
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04/09/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: LSU's Zach Mettenberger rusty but recovering...LSU's talented defensive tackles, Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, also put forth contrasting workouts. Johnson enjoyed a solid positional workout after electing not to participate in measureable drills. Ferguson, on the other hand, helped his cause by shedding 15 pounds from his Combine measurement of 318 pounds and looked good with a 40-yard dash time of 5.08-5.11 seconds, according to LSUSports.net's unofficial Pro Day score card. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2014 - Anthony Johnson announces he'll make early NFL jump...LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson announced on Twitter on Thursday that he'll forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft. Johnson is one of six draft-eligible LSU players who are projected to be selected in the top four rounds of the draft. The list includes receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson and running back Jeremy Hill and left tackle La'el Collins. Team spokesman Michael Bonnette said other LSU players will announce their decisions "early next week," possibly Monday. Johnson struggled at times this season and was victim of double teams. He finished 13th on the team in tackles. Ferguson overshadowed him and moved ahead of him in many draft projections. - Ross Dellenger, The Advocate

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

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU...Johnson started all 12 games at defensive tackle and leads the Tigers with 7.0 tackles for a loss of 33 yards. The junior has also collected 32 total tackles, three sacks, three quarterback hurries and one interception. - LSU football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: DT - Anthony Johnson, LSU, 6-3, 294, Jr,...Johnson started all 12 games at defensive tackle, recording a team-high 7.0 tackles for a loss to go along with three sacks. He finished the regular season with 32 total tackles, three quarterback hurries and his first career interception at Georgia. - LSU football

10/01/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 5 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES THIS WEEKEND: DT Anthony Johnson, LSU...A former five-star high school recruit, LSU junior defensive tackle Anthony Johnson is one of the lone returning starters for the Tigers' defense this season and provides some seniority up front. But so far this season, he has been too easily handled by single blockers and hasn't made enough plays in the backfield or against the run.

Against Georgia on Saturday, he did collect an interception after he dropped at the line of scrimmage and snatched the ball out of the air. But overall, he struggled to get any interior pressure or press the backfield. Johnson allows his pads to rise and he gets too high off the snap, losing leverage and ending up wherever the blocker wants him to go. He doesn't show much power once engaged and is too easily washed out of the play. Johnson moves well in space and has some fluidity, but he has been somewhat of a disappointment on the young season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/12/2013 - Scouting the LSU run defense: The Tigers smothered UAB's run game early, but had some lapses especially on the edges during the second quarter. Much of the damage was done when LSU played some younger players and the Tigers need to settle on the linebacker's roles. The first two opponents have averaged 137 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 20. Anthony Johnson*, DT, LSU (6-3, 305): Four former Bayou Bengals have heard their name called in the first round since 2008. Johnson will have his work cut out for him in Baton Rouge with Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery in the NFL, but his prototypical blend of size, power and athleticism makes him a strong bet to continue LSU's dominance along the defensive line. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 20. DT Anthony Johnson, LSU (6-3, 305, 5.29)* -- Four former Bayou Bengals have heard their name called in the first round since 2008. Johnson will have his work cut out for him with Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery in the NFL, but his prototypical blend of size, power and athleticism makes him a strong bet to continue LSU's dominance along the defensive line. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU,...Played in 13 games, starting three times in 2012 ... Starts came in wins over Idaho, Auburn and Towson ... Combined for 13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (13 yards) and 1.5 sacks (9 yards) in those three games ... Finished third on the team with 10.0 tackles for loss ... Had a total of 30 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two quarterback hurries. - LSU football

08/21/2013 - TOP LSU PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DT Anthony Johnson (6-3, 305, 5.29)*...Johnson' best attribute at this point is his initial quickness. He was frequently the first of LSU's defensive linemen off the ball a season ago, and this was 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. 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. With LSU losing four defensive linemen from a season ago, Johnson will take over as opponents' primary focus. He enters the year with just three career starts to his credit but if he improves his technique, it isn't difficult to imagine Johnson emerging as one of the country's elite defensive tackles. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/21/2013 - TOP LSU PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DT Anthony Johnson (6-3, 305, 5.29)*...Penn State is famous for its linebackers; Southern Cal for its running backs. Under Les Miles (and previously, under Nick Saban), LSU has become well known for its ability to recruit and develop players at every position. But make no mistake, LSU's ability to churn out NFL-caliber defensive linemen is what makes the program an annual SEC contender. At least one defensive lineman from the Tigers has been selected in the NFL draft each year since 2003.

LSU's best candidate to continue this streak in 2014 is junior defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. Johnson signed with LSU as the consensus top prep defensive tackle in the country two years ago. He played in all 14 games as a true freshman, recording 12 tackles, including three for loss and a sack despite playing at nearly 330 pounds. Showing much better quickness in 2012 after dropping 30 pounds, Johnson posted 30 tackles, including 10 for loss and three sacks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL - Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)...Played in 13 games in 2012, starting three times ... Starts came in wins over Idaho, Auburn and Towson ... Combined for 13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (13 yards) and 1.5 sacks (9 yards) in those three games ... Finished third on the team with 10.0 tackles for loss ... Had a total of 30 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two quarterback hurries. - LSU football

07/18/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Anthony Johnson, LSU...Johnson is on his fourth preseason watch list, which includes the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy. The New Orleans native is one of the top returning defensive linemen in the nation after he recorded 10 tackles for loss a season ago. - LSU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Anthony Johnson, LSU, DL...Johnson anchors an LSU defensive line that lost several players to the 2013 NFL Draft. A talented, physical presence, the junior has recorded 42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks in two seasons. He finished third on the team with 10 tackles for loss in 2012. - LSU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Anthony Johnson, LSU, DT...Johnson anchors an LSU defensive line that lost several players to the 2013 NFL Draft. A talented, physical presence, the junior has recorded 42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks in two seasons. He finished third on the team with 10 tackles for loss in 2012. - LSU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Anthony Johnson, LSU...Johnson, a junior from New Orleans, serves as the Tigers' veteran defensive lineman with 27 games played to his credit. In two seasons, he has recorded 42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks. In a reserve role last season, he finished third on the team with 10 tackles for loss. - LSU football

 
 
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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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