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  1. 1. Which DE should the Falcons draft in the 1st round

    • 6'4 255lbs George Selvie
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    • 6'7 265lbs Micheal Johnson
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In a cover 2 ....... Your front 4 has to get a pass rush and Jamaal Anderson is not making that happen..... Steve Wytchs said the Coaching Staff thinks that Jamaal Anderson future position is DT....... We will have to find rush DEs like Tampa Bay and the Colts has...... So who should we draft in the first round

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6'4 255lbs George Selvie: Selvie has done nothing but put in work..... In 2006 Selvie recorded 84 tackles,14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks... Last year(07 season) George step it up with 59 tackles, 14.5 sacks, and a whopping 31.5 tackles for loss.... This guy is a pass rushing monster..... I have never any Tackle shutdown Selvie....... The 31.5 tackles for loss shows that George Selvie can stop the run also........ Selvie will run a 4.5 40 at the combine

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6'7 260lbs Micheal Johnson: This guy has crazy potential....... He has the hight, speed,quickness, and athleticism....... The only thing that scares me is that this will be Johnsons first year starting...... I know Johnson will have a big year but he will only have 1 year under his belt.....In 06 Johnson collect 34 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks....... Last year Johnson collected 21 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 4 sacks...... Micheal Johnson will run a early 4.6 40

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I really like Both of these guys....... Micheal Johnson reminds me of Jason Taylor and George Selvie reminds me of Dwight Freeney........ Both of these guys are realy talented and should be studs in the NFL........ Who should we get

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Scout Q&A: Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech)

Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech)

By Chris Steuber

Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst

Posted Jun 11, 2008

After deciding to stay in school for his senior season, Georgia Tech's star DE Michael Johnson looks to improve his game and help lead the Yellow Jackets in sacks again this season. Scout.com's Chris Steuber spoke with Johnson about his decision to stay in school, how he can improve his run defense and much more.

Georgia Tech’s standout DE Michael Johnson has all the ability and potential, as well as the physical tools, to become a dominant pass rusher. Johnson nearly decided to take his game to the next level after his junior campaign last season, but after weighing his options, he decided to stay with the Yellow Jackets for one more year.

Johnson has recorded 10 sacks during his career at Georgia Tech, and many project he will equal or surpass that total this season. But it’s his run defense that needs to improve. Even though Johnson isn’t the most reliable DE against the run, he’s still one of the top pass rushers in the country and a potential top-ten pick in the 2009 draft.

In this Scout.com exclusive, Chris Steuber asked Johnson about his decision to stay in school for his senior season, what he has to do to improve his run defense, if he believes he could play linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, and much more as No. 93 is revealed.

Chris Steuber: Originally you declared for the 2008 NFL Draft, but you decided to rescind your declaration. Why did you decide to return to Georgia Tech for your senior season?

Michael Johnson: My parents and I prayed on it [the decision to stay in school], and afterwards we felt at peace with the decision to stay at Georgia Tech. It just felt right.

CS: Where did the NFL advisory committee project you going in the draft if you decided to enter?

Johnson: I was given a third round grade.

CS: Was that third round grade a major factor in your decision to come back to school?

Johnson: No, because I heard from scouts that I would have been a first day selection, so after I heard that I felt comfortable that I would have been a high pick. At the time, I didn’t know that the first day was just two rounds. But the grade I received didn’t factor in at all. If I made the decision to enter the draft, I would have worked my tail off and set myself up to be selected in the best possible position. I don’t really care what’s being said about where I may go [in the draft]; I’m just going to give it all I got.

Johnson is an athletic defender who attacks on the field and off the field he wants to give back.

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CS: What were the pros of staying in school versus the pros of entering the draft?

Johnson: The pros of leaving school are to realize a dream of playing at the next level a year earlier. You get to play with and against players that you watched play on Sundays for many years, and just being on that level would be a dream come true. I hope it’s something that I get to experience next year.

The pros of staying in school give me the opportunity to work towards graduation, and that’s what you come to a school like Georgia Tech for; to get a degree. I get to enjoy my last year as a senior and enjoy the atmosphere on game days. To get to enjoy another year of college is going to be great, because once you get to the next level it’s a business. People are there one day and then gone the next; you don’t have the same kind of brotherhood and camaraderie that you had in college.

CS: How important is it to you and your family for you to walk away from Georgia Tech with a degree?

Johnson: It’s very important. You don’t choose a school like Georgia Tech to not walk away with a degree. The curriculum at Tech is so challenging that it isn’t worth putting yourself through it if you didn’t plan on finishing. Not to knock any of the other schools, but we are one of only a handful of schools that if you attend, you better get your degree.

CS: You’re a management major - I’m assuming sports or business management - what do you plan on doing with that degree during or after your football career?

Johnson: My major is business management. I would like to go back to Alabama and run some type of recreation facility to train athletes. It could be an after school type of thing; it may even present an opportunity to do some teaching, I don’t know. But I know I want to work with kids, and I want to show them how academics and athletics work hand and hand and how both are beneficial to where you want to go. I’d like to have academic learning available to them, as well as athletics like camps. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend camps as a kid, and I think it would be cool to be able to bring in athletes to conduct different camps for kids close to my home.

CS: One of the great advantages of being a professional athlete is the fame you achieve instantly, and with that fame comes the opportunity to start your own foundation. A foundation in your name would enable you to realize the goal of conducting camps just as you described and give back to the community you grew up in.

Johnson: Exactly; that’s what it’s all about. I always want to try to give back. I was fortunate enough to be blessed with great parents who instilled great leadership in my life. I want to give that same kind of support to others.

CS: On the field, you are still developing as a pass rusher, and you have a lot of great qualities. But what do you see in your game that you still have to improve on to become a dominant player?

Johnson: I just want to go out this year and show everybody that I can play every down and just have fun. I want to play the run, play the pass and just try to dominate.

CS: There are a lot of analysts that think you’re primarily a pass rusher and that you don’t defend the run very well. How do you prove those critics wrong this season?

Johnson: Come and watch me this season. I’m 100-percent healthy and I’m going to play a lot this year… [Laughs].

Johnson is one of the best pass rushers in college football, but he has to improve against the run.

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CS: Do you hear a lot of negatives about your run defense?

Johnson: No, because my teammates and the people around me know that I can play. I respect my teammates and what they have to say; I don’t really worry about it [the criticism].

CS: You’re a freakish athlete with a tremendous 6-foot-7 frame. What do you weigh at this time, and do you feel comfortable at your weight, or do you want to get bigger?

Johnson: I weigh 260, but I wouldn’t mind getting up to 265. Last year, I started the season at about 250 and ended the season at around 245. I’m excited to see what the increase in size will do for me this season. I think it will only help, especially against the run… [Laughs].

CS: Is there a player in the NFL that you pattern your game after?

Johnson: Julius Peppers is my favorite player and I’ve always enjoyed watching Jevon Kearse. I really enjoyed watching the Giants defensive line this past season with Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck; their pass rush was just nasty. I also enjoy watching DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman and Mario Williams. I really enjoy watching the guys who are athletic and get after the quarterback.

CS: Like I previously stated, you’re an athletic freak, and you have some versatility to your game. Do you think you could drop back on defense and play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at the next level?

Johnson: Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah… I can definitely do that.

CS: Where do you think you would be more effective: at defensive end or linebacker?

Johnson: It doesn’t matter, I just feel comfortable on the field. Wherever they want me to play, I’ll play. I’m not one to complain about what position I play or how much I play; whenever I’m out there I’m going to give everything I got.

CS: Talk about this year’s squad; what do you guys have to do to get to a BCS game?

Johnson: We just have to sellout and do what the coaches want us to do. We have to follow their every detail every step of the way. I think we can accomplish some great things; we just have to do our jobs.

CS: Do you feel extra pressure this season, especially since you decided to come back for your senior season and because you’re one of the top DEs in the country?

Johnson: I don’t know how much is going to be put on me, but I’m thankful to have my surrounding cast; the cats inside like Vance Walker and Darryl Richard. Honestly, I don’t even really feel like it’s about me. I’m just glad to be back and have a lot of talented guys around me. I believe we can all make plays.

CS: You seem to have a bit of a reserved demeanor, would you say that you lead by example rather than being a vocal leader in the locker room?

Johnson: Definitely, I always try to lead by example. I try to set an example, especially for the freshman. I try to work hard in the weight room, running; all that stuff. I try to bring a lot of energy to the game and just try to show everyone how to have fun on the field. I’m not really a big talker in the locker room; I allow my actions to do all the talking.

CS: What are your goals for this season? Obviously raising your sack total is something you will focus on, but overall do you have any personal goals?

Johnson: The sacks will come with me just being on the field more. I’m not really worried about that; I just want to create turnovers. Turnovers sway the momentum of the game, and for all my teammates on defense, I want that to be our goal. We have to make the opponent put the ball on the ground and take it out of the air from them. I don’t care how we do it; I just want to get as many turnovers as possible, and if we can lead the country in sacks again, that would be nice.

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Selvie trying to pack on pounds

BY JEFF BERLINICKE • FLORIDA TODAY • August 11, 2008

University of South Florida defensive end George Selvie has been eating his Wheaties and just about everything else on his plate for more than a year now.

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He's drinking protein shakes when he isn't hungry and eating a fifth meal when he isn't thirsty. He's doing everything he can do to put on some weight, the one thing that might prevent him from topping every All-America list in the country by the end of this season.

Selvie's efforts have netted him all of an additional 10 pounds. Now he weighs in at a unwhopping 245 pounds to go with his 6-4 frame.

It's frustrating to him, defensive coordinator Wally Burnham and coach Jim Leavitt,

"You know, if he could get to 270, he'd be unstoppable," Burnham said. "His metabolism is just so fast. He just can't put on the weight. Shoot, even if he could get to 260 that would be great, but it just isn't happening."

This time last year, no one outside of Tampa knew who Selvie was. He started all 13 games in 2006, but burst onto the national radar in 2007 when he spent much of the season leading the nation in sacks. He led the nation with 31.5 tackles for a loss and finished second with 14.5 sacks.

Not bad for a player who was recruited out of Pensacola as a center.

"I know I kind of came out of nowhere, but that doesn't matter," Selvie said during USF's Media Day at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday before about 3,000 fans. "I didn't mind that no one knew us as long as we kept winning."

The Bulls won their first six games last season before dropping three straight, then losing to Oregon in the Sun Bowl to finish at 9-4. Selvie said last year was an awesome experience, and he said, on a personal level, it all changed when the Bulls went to Rutgers for a Thursday night game with that No. 2 ranking and a bull's-eye on their chest.

"I learned at Rutgers that getting attention for my tackles would have everybody gunning for me," Selvie said. "(Rutgers running back) Ray Rice told me they had their whole game plan centered around me. I had 10 sacks by then, and he told me they would be paying attention."

Selvie struggled in that 30-27 loss, but he rebounded.

"I had a lot of high points and a few low points, but that doesn't take away from the season," Selvie said. "We made it to No. 2, and no one was taking us legitimately even then. We showed we can play with anybody."

USF coach Jim Leavitt said Selvie hasn't lost a step this summer.

"He has been outstanding all summer, and he deserves all the recognition he gets," Leavitt said. "He is an outstanding football player."

As for the weight, Selvie swears he is eating all he can, doing everything to pack on a few more pounds. A junior, he isn't worried about his NFL Draft status yet, but he knows 245 won't cut it at the next level.

"It's just my body, and I have to live with it," Selvie said. "I am doing everything I can do to put on weight. It was hard for me to just get to 245. I guess I just have to keep eating."

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I went with Selvie... I like production 1st and foremost in prospects.

I agree 100%......... I cant lie tho.... Michael Johnson procudtion as a backup looks very impressive to..... This year Michael Johnson will have a huge year......... I cant lie...... i love the most productive guy to....You cant go wrong with neither guy

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Ditto, MJ is getting a lot of love for little production. The fact that he has close to 0 starting experience also scares me.

It shouldn't. The Gailey regime was notorious for playing starters based on seniority. Ugh, just thinking about it pisses me off...anyway, watch the tape of our goal-line stand vs. Maryland last year. Michael Johnson single-handedly won that game for Tech.

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It shouldn't. The Gailey regime was notorious for playing starters based on seniority. Ugh, just thinking about it pisses me off...anyway, watch the tape of our goal-line stand vs. Maryland last year. Michael Johnson single-handedly won that game for Tech.

Alot of college team does.... thats why i cant judge a player off of his starts...... i judge him off the production..... 5 sacks coming off the bench is impressive...... but yea.. i want to see what Michael Johnson can do as a starter.....with his 2 DT.....Johnson should have a huge year(17 sacks)

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lets see how johnson plays this year before we label him hometown hero or a bust

pretty much.

what do you guys think about orakpo? i think hes an interesting guy. very good against the run but im waiting to see how he does rushing the passer this year. he had 6 sacks last year but he missed some time with an injury.

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I haven't seen near enough on Johnson to form an opinion on him. I have seen a lot on Selvie, and I really like his speed off the edge. I think he gets by a lot with his raw speed and athleticism. Remember he was only a sophomore last year.... If he can improve his technique and develop a few solid pass rushing moves then I would be all for him. He is raw right now, and though that speed off the edge is nice to salivate over just remember Jammaal Anderson got by in college due to his athleticism too.

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