Best I've Seen.
is such a freak athlete. I have never seen anything like it before. His
feet at the bag drills at the Combine were the best I've ever seen. If he
had been a LB the announcer would have been swooning. But With a 300 OLT,
the impossibility of those feet seemed to stun people. I'm telling you
right here right now, he has the best feet of any OLT who has ever played
the game, and that is really saying something.
other thing that people seem to not be talking about is the offense he
plays in. One of the reasons you have to really like both Johnson and
Joeckel is they play in a Fastbreak offense. The pace they play at is
incredible. They are both in such phenomenal shape. The play 80 to 100
snaps a game.
reason I like him him over Joeckel, beside he is such a better athlete
them him, is he that he plays a lot meaner than Joeckel. Joeckel is too
happy to not play through the whistle too often. Johnson is always looking
for the second or third block to inflict on a defender. He plays to the
whistle on every play.
like how he uses his long arms. Terrific switching off on Stunts and
twists. He redirects so smoothly it doesn’t even look like he is doing
anything. Gets out on OLB with nice quickness. Terrific quick feet. He
does such a nice job keeping his feet moving. He has room to gain some
weight. Cut blocks a lot. Comes in low and jams up nicely with his long
arms on Draws or Delays. Great hands shoving guys out wide on the edge. He
puts them five yards past nowhere with a single two handed shove.
thing that really impressed me about Johnson was that against A&M,
they all but refused to line up Moore in front of him. Now Moore bounces
around a lot, but he lines up on the Blindside at least half the game. He
hardly lined up in front of him in the game, and when he did he primarily
dropped. When an opposing coach schemes his best rusher, and maybe the
best rusher in college football, away from you? Is there a better
compliment than that.
House blocking down on the D-End. Plus, his ability to then slip past and
get to the linebacker really demonstrates his athletic ability as an
Ex-TE. Another guy who is phenomenal shape due to the insane pace of the
offense he plays in. Needs to add strength. He does get jacked every now
and again. When a defender gets inside his long arms, he cannot hold his
ground. Amazing agility to turn and run with DEs as he flies past the QB,
and drive him ten yards behind the QB. I’m not sure I have ever seen
that before. They finally put Moore over on his side in the 2nd quarter
and he did not fair well.
athlete who looks like he has developed into a legit NFL OLT. This guy
clearly won the who-the-hell-is-that-guy award at the Senior Bowl. He was
the best pass protector there. Amazing balance using his hands and feet
together. Stoned guys from both sides of the line, not that it matters as
a team will take him in he first round to play OLT. Shows some nasty on
the field, and friendly off the field.
with a boxers mentality. He went to the Senior Bowl and made himself a 1st
Round Pick. He was a QB, so you know he has the smarts. He was a TE so you
know he has the athleticism. And in the One on one drills he refused to
allow anyone by him, and showed they meanness you want an O-Tackle to
have. Wow! Great Feet. He is an OLT in the NFL. He has plenty of room to
grow. Does a nice job washing the D-End down the line. Terrific doubling
the D-End into the TE, and then getting to the second level and taking out
switches side a lot during games. Lining up at the ORT and also as a TE in
the Off Set. He has no trouble dropping an g blocking from either side. In
fact, they usually run when he lines up on the right. He tends to block
down on the D-End. This kid has it all. He is a freak athlete with long
arms. He is tough, smart and strong.
Johnson Vs Texas:
this was a very interesting game. He showed his remarkable athleticism,
and his remarkable versatility. I have this game on DVDr. I watch the 1st
Half again. I sometimes record the first Half, and try and takes more
notes in the 2nd Half (I don't know why;-). I watched it earlier
this week. I kept wondering how he could have shown up at the Senior Bowl so
damn good, and I never noticed. Well he was just as good at Oklahoma.
He has the
best feet of any O-Line prospect I have ever seen. You have to watch his
feet at the Combine, in the bag drills, to truly appreciate who great this
kid could be. Simply stunning.
amazing. I always say the hardest block for a Tackle to get, When he is
suppose to Seal the D-Tackle to the outside. He has to get across his
body, get position, and then Seal. That is the block I see the best
O-Tackles in college football miss all the time. Here he burst over in
front of the D-Tackle, and dives into the opposite side of his body on the
Cut block (0:01). I know it is a little thing. But he dives on the inside
of the D-Tackle. There is not another O-Linemen in this Draft who make
that Cut block. There are some who could cut him from the front, but not
on the side.
Here he is
lined up in front of Jeffcoat. Who was considered one of the top prospects
at the passrushing position. I thought he was vastly overrated, but he is
extremely well thought of by a ton of personnel guys. Plus, he is a true
elite speed guy (0:09). He does have
a nice burst off the snap and amazing speed. He can run like a deer down
field. He burst up field and reaches the Corner. However, Lane has
absolutely no problem kick-stepping back and meeting him at the pass. Then
he stones him with his hands, and adds a jarring jab after. That is an
example of having no trouble with speed on the edge, against one of the fastest
rushers in college football last year.
Here he is against
Jeffcoat standing up. Jeffcoat rushes, and he just punches him to the
ground (0:14). A bit of a technique flaw here. He gets a little high, and
his hands outside the shouderpads. That is likely to be called in the NFL
(0:26). You can see him push and shoving him back violently. However,
Jeffcoat has the leverage. Jeffcoat finally Rips under him. However, Johnson holds on long enough to keep him out of the play.
Jeffcoat is standing
up. He beats Johnson to the inside on the Draw. This is a better block
than it looks like. Johnson kicksteps back, like it is a pass. The
O-linemen faking on the Draw. Jeffcoat cuts in front of him, right into
the RB. He has to stop and knock Jeffcoat off the Tackle and his feet
(0:37). When you talk about versatility it start with Johnson. He lines up
at left tackle and right tackle all the times. He hopped and bopped over
and back all the time. You have to see this to believe it. He is lined up
outside the ORT here. Watch this burst off the snap (0:49). Then he turns and
Seals him as the ORT catches up. What is amazing is that his legs are
squared up on the LB, while his shoulders are perpendicular to the LOS. He is
already Sealing the D-End. He is already blocking the ILB, while sealing the
big D-End with his hands and shoulders only (0:52). Then he jumps out and
punches the ILB in the stomach and side. Watch him shove a pretty good ILB
to the ground.
Then back to
the Blindside to face Jeffcoat in a four point stance. Jeffcoat gets a little
early jump on that play. He still is so smooth in his kickstep that he
meets him at the pass without the slightest problem. Then he powers up by
his neck and adds a little more pain to the play (0:57). He plays with
such great feet and agility that he doesn't get credit for how physical
and mean he plays. He is a very big guy. When get his hips into his
punches he hits like a heavy weight. First, watch him hop around Jeffcoat
like he is a tackling dummy (1:09). Then the punch. He comes in low and
mean, and almost knocks the LB straight backward off his feet, like he was
a drunk on a bar stool (1:12). The drunk somehow maintains his balance,
and even though another blocker is coming to double him, Johnson doesn't
care. He tries to hit him again.
handle Jeffcoat like he was a mouse in a trap. So they stick him over to
the rightside to face the Texas' real passrushing threat. Watch the
kickstep on the opposite side. He has to take a couple of big hops to start
off to match Okafor's explosion off the snap (1:17). Then he meets him at
the pass, and it is all long arms and feet. About time, watch the quick
transition out of the kickstep as he turns into Okafor. Okafor has such
great lean around the Corner (1:29). Okafor punches Johnson's inside arm
off his short as he tries to Turn, but Johnson shoves him past the QB with
his outside hand. Then he is squared up on him again on the backside. That
is an amazing block for such a big guy. He does so many subtle things so
well, that it is so easy to miss.
Then he is
in at ORT again. He doubles on Okafor on the outside. He punches him back,
and Okafor knocks his hands off his shirt. Then he has him sealed to the inside
(1:37). Back at OLT facing the speed guy. Jeffcoat does a nice job using
his long arms to hold him off, that was his first bad block of the day
(1:46). However, he meets him at the pass, and stones him easy (1:55). He
has such great feet moving backwards. It doesn't even look like he is
laboring against an alleged 4.5 guy.
feet as he half shuffles and half sidesteps out to the Flat. Jeffcoat
follows him. Johnson has no trouble impacting him and stalemating him out
in space. Remember that is one of the most athletic D-Ends in college
football in a while (2:05). Watch the feet as he twists his torso to keep
his shoulders square to the LOS. Then he sees Jeffcoat shadowing him, and
attacks (2:15). He gets his hands on his shirt. Jeffcoat does a nice job
knocking one of his hands off his shirt, but he holds on and turns him
gets down in a four point stance ready to explode off the snap. Johnson
disarms him like he was a toy (2:22). He just has to Seal the backside. He
shoves Jeffcoat out of the play. Not his best block, but it worked (2:34).
He turns and tries to get the inside shoulder of the DT, but the DT was
slanting inside. That is an impossible block (2:43). Lined up outside the
ORT against Texas' five man line. He powers into Vaccaro, and knock him
up. He turns and twists him out of the play (2:52). That is a very
tough block for such a big guy, against a super athletic Safety like
like a TE outside the ORT again. This is equally a good and bad block. He
gets lost between two defenders. He sticks a hand in each defenders chest
and slows them just enough. He doesn't complete either block, but he
delays two defenders for just a split second long enough to allow the
touchdown (3:05). Back in offset. He shoves the defender 3-yards sideways.
The defender hustles nicely, but Johnson is always looking to keep
blocking (3:16). One reason why I have Johnson over Joeckel too often doesn't
play until the whistle. He would have made the first hit, that knocked the
defender sideways. But he would have stopped and not got his hands on him
again. I honestly don't know how so many people have Joeckel as the top
pick in the Draft. I am fighting an uphill battle I know, but I just can't
put him in at Number One.
blast off the snap, and pound Okafor out and up. That is not easy
to do (3:25). He knocks Okafor three yards backwards (3:32). Then you have
to see this to believe it. Watch him crawling under Okafor, trying to
drive him back on his hands and knees (3:35). You'll never see Joeckel
doing that. He has some serious mean to his game.
into the stunting D-Tackle and drive him 5-Yards backwards in the most
awkward positions imaginable. I love that block (3:38). They call this
power. He blocks down on the D-tackle, and drive him into the turf (3:47).
Then, he hops back up, turns, and pops the LB (3:52). That is just
an amazing block.
Vaccaro at the pass and washes him well down stream (3:56). Just a simple
Seal block on the edge. Until he keeps punching and shoving the D-End
until he falls down (4:10). I know this is probably a coincidence, but I
love this Seal block. He turns him easily perpendicular to the LOS.
However, he continues to spin Jeffcoat, seemingly keeping his back to the
RB the whole time (4:19). Until Jeffcoat is completely turn around and the
RB is five yards down field directly behind Johnson.
simple Seal on the backside. But you can really see how Johnson just keeps
punching and shoving until the whistle. He never lets up on guys (4:31).
Plays action pass, and Johnson barely lets Jeffcoat off the LOS (4:46).
Watch this hit. He shuffles outside with one hand on the D-End the TE is
blocking (4:54). Then he spots the LB coming to make the tackle when the
RB cuts back, and boom! He hit him into the Endzone (4:56). Back in the
off set. He pounds into Okafor, and Okafor sheds him, That is why I like
Okafor so much (5:02). However, he gets back and hit him a few times, as
the runner scores.
Here he is knocking
Jeffcoat out and up. Then he slides off and knocks the LB back a few yards
(5:20). He meets Jeffcoat before the pass, and washes him down stream
with ease (5:29). Jeffcoat makes a nice inside move here. Johnson meets,
regains position, and washes him past the QB (5:38). Okay that enough. The
rest of the game is a blow out. If that isn't enough Tape to show you what
a freak athlete he is, then I you might as well be watching the Wizard
of Oz (and yes, I had to take my kids to that new Wizard of Oz
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