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Mike Johnson G, Alabama

War Room analysis

Johnson is what you look for in an NFL guard: He is not overly impressive athletically, but he is competitive and tough at the point of attack, and he consistently keeps his man from making plays. He should be an early contributor for Atlanta

PRE-DRAFT ANALYSIS

Strengths: Is smart and competitive on every snap. Bends knees well to pass block with good leverage, enabling him to hold his ground vs. most straight-line pass rushers and to adjust to double-moves. Works well with teammates to adjust and negate to stunts and blitzes. Drives defensive linemen down the line on side blocks. Shows quick footwork and good straight-line speed to make short pulls and lead on inside runs. Also can get outside to block on perimeter runs when the defender is in his track. Chips defensive linemen well and then moves on to seal linebackers.

Weaknesses: Is not a top-level athlete. Struggles to block moving targets in the open field. Is not an aggressive, fire-off the ball straight-ahead run blocker and thus can be jolted upright and backward by aggressive defensive tackles. On side blocks, occasionally gets overaggressive and bends at the waist and lunge to make the block and thus falls off his man.

Bottom line: Johnson does not jump off the film but consistently keeps his man out of the play. He won't wow personnel men at the NFL Scouting Combine because he is not an elite athlete and thus could slide down some draft boards. However, Johnson has everything it takes to be a good NFL starting guard or center who could be productive in any blocking scheme.

Vinnie Iyer analysis

Johnson is your typical, steady NFL guard. There's really nothing flashy about his game, but he just goes about his business in a powerful, workman-like fashion. Michael Turner will love having one of Mark Ingram's former top blockers in front of him.

Correspondent Analysis

The Falcons wanted to add some depth along the interior of the offensive line. Johnson has played all positions along the line except for center. He is a good technician and received pro-style coaching from Nick Saban's staff. Johnson helped to lead the way for Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram. When he'll play: He will likely be groomed as a backup guard and tackle, as the Falcons like to cross-train their linemen. Johnson is more accomplished in run blocking and will have to focus on getting better in pass protection before he's ready to contend for a starting position. -- D. Orlando Ledbetter

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good read...im sure he will get coached up and develop into a long time starter for us

agreed - i think he will definitely be starter by 2011 and probably will be too good to keep off the field in 2010 - probably will rotate with Dahl or Clabo...

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Thanx for these reports, but after having read them all, they seem to think our guys are nothing more than just serviceable so-so players, other than Johnson. It's like they all MIGHT BE okay scrubs with not much production. They were really down on Spoon, but he will be a good special teams guy :rolleyes:

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Thanx for these reports, but after having read them all, they seem to think our guys are nothing more than just serviceable so-so players, other than Johnson. It's like they all MIGHT BE okay scrubs with not much production. They were really down on Spoon, but he will be a good special teams guy :rolleyes:

You gotta remember, these are 3rd and later round picks. The talking heads usually only deem players to be ready to start in rounds 1 or 2. In addition, they generally only rank impact players in the top 10 to 15.

I would be interested to see the report they had on Biermann, Demorrio Williams, and others drafted in later rounds who have turned out to be pretty dog gone good NFL players.

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You gotta remember, these are 3rd and later round picks. The talking heads usually only deem players to be ready to start in rounds 1 or 2. In addition, they generally only rank impact players in the top 10 to 15.

I would be interested to see the report they had on Biermann, Demorrio Williams, and others drafted in later rounds who have turned out to be pretty dog gone good NFL players.

exactly thamill.....the talking heads only know the names of the top 150 players and probably really only know the play of the top 100 players. The GMs/Scouts of these NFL teams know the top 300 players - so, every year the talking head so called experts only know about 50% of draft-eligible players - hardly experts

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Thanx for these reports, but after having read them all, they seem to think our guys are nothing more than just serviceable so-so players, other than Johnson. It's like they all MIGHT BE okay scrubs with not much production. They were really down on Spoon, but he will be a good special teams guy :rolleyes:

i'm not too worried what most of the publications/experts say. just concern myself with falcons gm and his long-running track record....as long as his track record is good - who cares?

The Indianapolis Colts never get good draft grades - yet they are the most dominant/consistent team in all of sports....

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I'm a big fan how we go about adding lineman no one flashy just guys with the right attributes that can do the job and also we don't have to pay millions and millions to.Mike Johnson in my view was a great value pick and he'll be a success in the ATL.

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Thanks for the post G-.

Looks like most of his weak areas will be fixed at the Pro Level.

My reaction to the negatives that cant be fixed is that this guy will not be

a factor on the 5-9 tree routes......

TD ! C'mon man, what were you thinking :lol:

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i'm not too worried what most of the publications/experts say. just concern myself with falcons gm and his long-running track record....as long as his track record is good - who cares?

The Indianapolis Colts never get good draft grades - yet they are the most dominant/consistent team in all of sports....

You ain't lying. TD has had some pretty good drafts. His ability to find late round talent has been pretty good. Biermann, Sidbury, Douglas.

Good analogy with Indy. I think a couple of things need to be noted with Indy. They have a franchise QB who has been in the same O since he joined the league. Once you have a really good QB, others things tend to fall into place.

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i'm not too worried what most of the publications/experts say. just concern myself with falcons gm and his long-running track record....as long as his track record is good - who cares?

The Indianapolis Colts never get good draft grades - yet they are the most dominant/consistent team in all of sports....

They started to rookies for part of last season and made it to the SB. This just goes to show how little the "experts" know.

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They started to rookies for part of last season and made it to the SB. This just goes to show how little the "experts" know.

What is odd is - the disconnect - is that everyone acknowledges Bill Polian(Colts GM) is one of the best in the business yet the talking heads who write-up draft grades consistently give Colts poor grades...

I think Bill Polian, Andy Reid, Thomas Dimitroff should start out every year with draft grades of "A" until they have a bad draft class....

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  • 1 year later...

I can't even remember seeing this guy on the field. Atleast Hawley saw quite a bit of PT which gives us some hope.

I can't even remember seeing this guy on the field. Atleast Hawley saw quite a bit of PT which gives us some hope.

He was out all last year with an injury

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