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ZONA
04-24-2010, 01:03 AM
Not sure if this guy will still be there at #137 but he could be.



Micah Johnson (Kentucky - Senior) - 6'2 258

NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash 4.99
Bench press 31
Vertical jump 29.0


http://kentuckysportsradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/micah1.jpg

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Johnson is an imposing physical specimen -- standing at 6'2'' and 258 pounds -- while being arguably the strongest player on the team. He has decent speed -- around 4.7 in the 40-yard dash -- but he still needs to improve in that area if he wants to be a star at the next level. Johnson is a huge hitter, especially when he gets a full head of steam behind him, but he struggles just a bit at changing direction so he sometimes has trouble against smaller, shiftier running backs. He is not, however, going to get overpowered.

Strengths:

Has excellent size/physical frame for his position
Is a productive defender and play-maker
Possesses great athleticism for an Inside/Middle Linebacker
Very active on the field
Explodes towards the ball-carrier from various angles
Shows a lot of strength and power
Has a good amount of versatility and could probably play OLB
Always seems to find a way to the ball-carrier
Has fluid coverage movement
Reads opponents well and makes good on-field decisions
Has the ability to play in almost any pro defensive scheme


Weaknesses:

Has some durability issues
Lacks elite speed
Requires improvement in pass-rush techniques
Doesn’t have great reactions/instincts
Can be inconsistent
Projected Round of Selection: 4th-5th round

BroncoInferno
04-24-2010, 01:05 AM
Practically 5.0 speed...doesn't bode well.

UberBroncoMan
04-24-2010, 01:08 AM
Sooooooooooooooooo, ****ing slow. That would give us 3 Kentucky ILB's btw.

BroncoInferno
04-24-2010, 01:09 AM
Sounds like another Terry Pierce, really. No thanks.

strafen
04-24-2010, 01:10 AM
It looks like he can be a good player for run defense.
At this point, there are few choices that can be had, so, BPA will fit the bill from here on out...

thumpc
04-24-2010, 01:12 AM
His speed isn't so bad for his size. He's faster than Brandon Spikes. I'd take him. Haggan can wear down and Spencer can fall down in the shower.
I mean the 4.7 speed. That 4.99 speed is not right.

ZONA
04-24-2010, 01:40 AM
His speed isn't so bad for his size. He's faster than Brandon Spikes. I'd take him. Haggan can wear down and Spencer can fall down in the shower.
I mean the 4.7 speed. That 4.99 speed is not right.

I'm not totally sure but I think he had a late season injury and wasn't fully recovered in time for the combine. He did run a 4.7 before and with his size, that's not bad at all. I watched some video on him and his playing speed seems good. Yeah, he's no track star but how many damn times have we heard coaches say that straight ahead track speed is over rated. He's considered a very good athelete.

I'm not sure what other people are thinking they are going to get with pick #137 as far as ILB's go. I'm not saying he will start at ILB right away, not many 5th round picks do. But he would be an ideal blocker on Kick Off's and he would be extremely useful on short and goal. No RB is going to hit him in the hole and knock him back and fall in the endzone. For his size and athleticism, he does have room to improve. It's not like he's some slow, can't move his feet stone.

I don't know, watch some video on him, he's a good player. What I like in the video's is he really seems to stay home and diagnose the play well. He doesn't over pursue and get caught out of position. Seems to wrap up well also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc7RoALOZfM

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strafen
04-24-2010, 01:44 AM
His speed isn't so bad for his size. He's faster than Brandon Spikes. I'd take him. Haggan can wear down and Spencer can fall down in the shower.
I mean the 4.7 speed. That 4.99 speed is not right.Good point, considering he's a big dude...

Bronco Yoda
04-24-2010, 01:48 AM
How is he on special teams?

Broncojef
04-24-2010, 01:49 AM
How many times does a LB actually run 40 yards during a play? I'm more interested in tackling ability, nose for the football and the ability to make plays. We need a LB, I'd take him unless theres something better out there.

DBroncos4life
04-24-2010, 01:53 AM
What on earth is going on with Jamar Chaney? He was the fastest LB in the draft with a time of 4.51. 26 reps on the bench and had a 39 inch vert.

Carmelo15
04-24-2010, 01:55 AM
I would be ecstatic if we got him at #137. He would be my favorite pick of the entire draft!

strafen
04-24-2010, 01:59 AM
I would be ecstatic if we got him at #137. He would be my favorite pick of the entire draft!

So, what picks do we have left?

ZONA
04-24-2010, 02:18 AM
Just as I thought. He did have a late season injury which affected his combine 40 time.

I also looked around several scouting report websites and got a few more things. Generally, most of them say he has good awareness and does a good job of diagnosing the play, most of the time. He needs more consistancy in that area though. Not the best cover LB (duh) but shows good range and tackles well in the open field. Doesn't stay blocked and obviously doesn't get overpowered much. Not a fantastic blitzer but wasn't asked to do that much. He has the power to rush the QB but needs more moves. Extremely solid against the run. Great athelete, super strong, fluid hips.


His injury this season really hurt his draft stock as well. That may have had an effect on why he ran so slow at the combine and his Pro Day.

Good height and frame for position, Keeps his head up looking for the football, is very good at reading plays and filling the gaps. He also shows a great reaction time when he locates the football. Knows how to fight off blocks well.

Great lateral movement and fluid hips, good instinct to where the football is and knows how to take proper angles. He shows good range in coverage zones as well as covering backs out of the backfield.

Plays with a very high motor.

With his outstanding size and athleticism, Johnson is a force to be reckoned with. He possesses the physicality and lateral speed necessary to thrive at the linebacker position and his ability to shrug off blockers and attack the ball is uncanny.

Johnson shows extraordinary range on the field. The man plays with fire and can hold his own in pass coverage. His only blemish is that he tends to be overaggressive at times, but that should change once he learns how to read offenses better.

He had some absolutely dominant games against good teams the last two season of his career. He especially had Tennessee’s number. He wasn’t asked to blitz a lot, and he did not get at the QB, but he was very good in run support as the numbers will indicate.

Instinctive run defender who keeps his eyes in the backfield while scraping down the line of scrimmage and generally locates the ball carrier quickly. Helps teammates with alignments. Can be over-aggressive and is vulnerable to play-action but shows adequate awareness in zone coverage.

Lacks ideal closing speed and can take too long to slip blocks in space but takes sound angles to the ball and fast enough to make plays from sideline to sideline when protected by the defensive line.

Uncoils on ball carriers and flashes the ability to stop them in their tracks. Reliable open-field tackler who generally wraps up when he gets hands on the ball carrier.

Powerful pass rusher who can quickly discard blockers in the backfield and best fit may be at strong inside linebacker in a base 3-4 scheme.




******** Bottom line, the guy has areas he can work on but what 5th round pick doesn't. But at 1 meal away from 260, he's a monster ILB (and that's a pretty darn ripped 260. I don't see any fat on that cat). I think there is more upside then risk picking him at #137. It's a need on our team and once you get down to round 5, it's hard to go with BPA. You are really really far down your board at this time and BPA can be hard to figure out.

http://www.nfldraftdog.com/draftdogimages/2010%20prospects/Micah-Johnson.jpg

thumpc
04-24-2010, 07:04 AM
Our LB core is the last group untouched from free agency and the draft so far. He's perfect to bring in to the Rocky Mtn Kentucky linebacker fraternity. I know we worked out another one last year.

Drek
04-24-2010, 07:14 AM
Sounds like another Terry Pierce, really. No thanks.

You mean the MLB we took in the 2nd round as Al Wilson contract insurance, then jerked around having him gain and lose weight every off-season, changing back and forth between OLB and MLB at a whim?

Yeah. Fair comp.

What on earth is going on with Jamar Chaney? He was the fastest LB in the draft with a time of 4.51. 26 reps on the bench and had a 39 inch vert.

You don't draft ILBs off what they do at the combine, you draft them off what they've done on the field and have between the ears.

I like Chaney though, and would probably take him before Johnson at #137. I'd be fine with either one though. I'd also be fine if they stand pat at ILB for a year letting Larsen, Woodyard, and Haggan sort it out over who gets to play next to DJ. Some good RBs, DEs, etc. left in this draft and I wouldn't be opposed to using that 6th on a fullback or punter.

TotallyScrewed
04-24-2010, 07:21 AM
"I think he had a late season injury and wasn't fully recovered..."

I'm lazy. What was the injury and prognosis? Does he have a history of serious injury?

After watching all the video that Zona posted, I think the guy would be a good ILB. They need a guy who can shed the lineman/pick (dude is huge) and stop inside runs cold and break up those drags and crossing routes. Looks like a very solid tackler, uses hands well.

Hamrob
04-24-2010, 07:54 AM
At this point, Johnson would be a great pick.

However, I'm rooting for Spencer Larsen. I really like this kid and think he would be perfect for the SILB position.

cmhargrove
04-24-2010, 09:20 AM
I've been big on Micah Johnson for few weeks now and think he would be a great fit. Run defense folks, thats what kept us from the playoffs. The dude can diagnose well and lay the wood when he makes contact.

If nothing else, call him a young replacement Andra Davis - pretty much the same player with 7-8 years of tread left on the tires.

He would be a great fifth round pickup, and a good value at that spot.

Play2win
04-24-2010, 09:23 AM
HELLS YES (don't let Tebow hear me say that Hilarious! )

The guy looks Bad Azz :militia:

Liquid Courage
04-24-2010, 07:51 PM
So has he signed anywhere?

Carmelo15
04-25-2010, 09:00 AM
Has this guy still not signed with anyone yet?

Liquid Courage
04-25-2010, 09:27 AM
Apparently not. Hopefully we'll see where he ends up soon.

_Oro_
04-25-2010, 09:36 AM
He's weighing his options.

Liquid Courage
04-25-2010, 09:50 AM
He's weighing his options.

I can't imagine a batter situation than here ... But perhaps I'm biased. :)