Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Louisiana State Tigers defensive end Chancey Aghayere (87) and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (90) react before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
Weight: 304 pounds
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Scouting Report/Player Notes
The LSU Tigers had nine players drafted in 2013, four of which were defensive linemen from their stellar group. That being said, the best NFL prospect on the team may just be a defensive lineman anyway, and it’s #90 Anthony Johnson. Johnson finished up his sophomore season with a solid 30 tackles, and even more solid were his 10 tackles for loss, good for third on the team.
He came to LSU as the top recruit at his position, weighing around 330 pounds. Now, he’s a svelte 304 pounds and losing 30 pounds has made him noticeably quicker. His quickness, power, and length make me think that he has a chance not only to be the next great LSU defensive lineman, but he can be one of the top DTs selected come time for the 2014 NFL Draft if he chooses to leave school early.
If he can prove in his junior season that his pass rushing technique has developed (three sacks in 2012) I think he can be a top 20 pick. He has so many traits that NFL teams look for in a defensive tackle, and he’s already showing that he has great quicks and a high motor for his size. This is a player I really like and I think he can be a stud moving forward.
Video Highlights (via YouTube)
Steps into the leadership role on the defensive line for the Tigers in 2013 … The most-seasoned player on the defensive front for LSU due to the loss of four players from a year ago … Goes into 2013 coming off his best spring, one that saw him mature as well as learn how to play as an every down player … Physical player with good speed … Runs a 4.7 40-yard dash despite weighing 295 pounds … Good at pressuring the quarterback or plugging a gap against the run … Has lost 40 pounds since his freshman season when he played at over 330 pounds … For career, has played in 27 games with three starts … Has 42 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks to his credit.