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    Possible 4th rounder for Jets?

    Anyone ever hear of this guy?

    From http://www.draftdaddy.com/blog/nfldraft.cfm:

    Josh Buchanan is reporting former Gardner-Webb defensive end Brian Johnston is creating a huge buzz among N.F.L. teams. One A.F.C. franchise has told him they hope he is still around when they select early in the 4th round. Josh informs us that the teams showing the most overt interest in Johnston include Green Bay, Kansas City, Miami, Tennessee, Dallas and the New York Jets.

    DD.comment: Johnston was a very good prospect coming out of high school. He originally had committed to play for former N.F.L. head coach John Mackovic at the University of Arizona. But he never made it to Arizona, as Mackovic was fired and new coach Mike Stoops did not want him in 2004, leaving him to scramble to find any college that would take him at the last minute. In retrospect, it was a terrible move by Stoops, who has a 17-29 record in his four seasons at U.A., as Johnston could've been a great edge rusher for the Wildcats.

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    Good size and strength - but can he produce at the NFL level? That's the question for these small school guys who excelled at their level. Who knows with 4th round guys - it's a complete crap shoot outside of round 3.

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    Very good thread, I remember reading about him a while ago.

    The guy is one of the best small-school players in the Nation.

    Here's a few nice reads about him....

    http://www.gwusports.com/ViewArticle...B_OEM_ID=10300

    Measuring in at 6-foot-5, 274 pounds, Johnston ran his first 40-yard dash in an eye-popping 4.66 seconds. His slowest time of the day was a very strong 4.70, which is still faster than Johnston’s best time a year ago. Johnston’s 40-yard dash time Saturday would have been the fourth best at the recent NFL Scouting Combine for defensive ends, and the best for any lineman weighing more than 260 pounds.

    Johnston’s most impressive stat from the 40-yard dash came with a very strong 1.51-second time through the first 10 yards, an important time with regards to a players quickness. By comparison, Johnston's 10-yard split was the same as Arkansas running back Darren McFadden turned in at the Combine earlier this year.

    Johnston pulled off an impressive 35-inch vertical leap as well on Saturday, which would have ranked second among defensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine – and best for a player of his size.

    The most impressive result overall, however, may have been Johnston’s time in the 20-yard shuttle. He turned in a 4.18-second time, which is better than any lineman at the NFL’s Scouting Combine. In fact, the 4.18-second time was faster than any running back at the event – with Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall the only back to match that time.

    A 6.96-second time in the 3-cone, or “L” drill was also impressive, and would rank third compared to times recorded by lineman at the Combine.
    What's not mentioned is a nice 30 reps on the Bench Press.

    Johnston was a consensus Division I FCS All-America selection as a senior at Gardner-Webb in 2007, after totaling 74 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, six sacks, 22 quarterback pressures and 11 quarterback knockdowns. He finished with 268 career stops, 63 career tackles for loss, 21 sacks and 69 pressures.
    Also worth a read

    http://www.nfldraftdog.com/2008_nfl_...n_johnston.htm

    With the advent of the 34 defense in the NFL, those jumbo defensive ends like Johnston have been much sought after. Johnston has fought almost constant double teams, which is why his 6 sacks don’t look that impressive, but he has proven to be very solid against the run, despite being double teamed, his 74 tackles, 20.5 being for a loss, prove that he can fight through multiple blockers and get to the ball carrier. Very good at using his hands, strong and quick, Johnston plays the game with a non-stop motor.
    Last edited by Ven0m; 03-29-2008 at 08:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Come Back to NY View Post
    CBNY, you said in the other thread that he could bulk up to 290. Do you envision him more as a DE? All the talk about his pass-rushing skill makes me think he might fit better staying at 270ish and playing OLB. But I have no knowledge of this player whatsoever, so who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrickHouse View Post
    Good size and strength - but can he produce at the NFL level? That's the question for these small school guys who excelled at their level. Who knows with 4th round guys - THE WHOLE DRAFT OUTSIDE OF A FEW PLAYERS IS A COMPLETE CRAP SHOOT
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbatesman View Post
    CBNY, you said in the other thread that he could bulk up to 290. Do you envision him more as a DE? All the talk about his pass-rushing skill makes me think he might fit better staying at 270ish and playing OLB. But I have no knowledge of this player whatsoever, so who knows.
    I never gave Johnston much consideration as an OLB.....I always thought DE....if you want to look at a small school sleeper DE who projects to OLB look for Andy Studebaker of Wheaton in the later rounds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrickHouse View Post
    Good size and strength - but can he produce at the NFL level? That's the question for these small school guys who excelled at their level. Who knows with 4th round guys - it's a complete crap shoot outside of round 3.

    the draft is a complete crapshoot in every round...never mind just after round 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neckdemon View Post
    the draft is a complete crapshoot in every round...never mind just after round 3.
    Perhaps, but if scouts do their homework... You can be walking away with starters in rounds 4 and 5 maybe later. See Rhodes, Kerry; Cotchery, Jerricho; Washington, Leon etc.

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    Teams that say the draft is a crap shoot are invariably lousy drafters. Teams that have good drafts have 'smart' front offices and scouts. I personally do not think drafts are a crap shoot in any sport. All teams will have good picks and bad picks but the good teams have more winners than losers.

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    What about Rudolph Hardie DE from Howard? 6'2", 270, 12 sacks. Lead the MEAC in tackles for losses.

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