g-dawg Posted May 2, 2010 Share Posted May 2, 2010 (edited) Mike Johnson G, Alabama War Room analysisJohnson 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 analysisJohnson 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 AnalysisThe 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 Edited May 3, 2010 by g-dawg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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