BIO: Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year after posting 74/26/13.5 in 16 games last season. Spent his first three seasons playing for Duke and led the conference with 12 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in ‘02, also collecting 73 tackles. Underwent surgery on his shoulder after the season and will not be ready to workout until late April.
POSITIVES: Tough, hard-working prospect with good football intelligence. Quick off the snap, rushes the edge with speed and makes a lot of plays in the opponent's backfield. Plays low to the ground, rarely off his feet and slips off blocks getting to the action. Technically sound with his hands and works to defend the run. Plays smart football and a defender that does not run aimlessly around the field.
NEGATIVES: Not explosive for an undersized pass rusher. Easily wired in blocks, lacks the dominant base and ridden from his angle of attack.
ANALYSIS: Transferring from Duke because he wanted to win, Johnson was a main cog in Delaware's run to a national championship last season. Offers size potential but may never anything other than a rush specialist in a system that rotates its front four.