Anthony Johnson (DT), Louisiana State
6’3” | 303 lbs.
35 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT
What scouts are saying:
"Big, athletic, overhyped defensive tackle who shows in flashes, but leaves evaluators wanting more and would have benefited from a more dominant junior season. Fits best in an even front, though he’s not instant coffee, as his tweener skill set is too unrefined to project absolutely as a nose or three-technique. Will test well but draw varied opinions, and has the look of a boom-or-bust prospect." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Johnson' best attribute at this point is his initial quickness. Johnson's athleticism, power and well-proportioned frame form a unique combination that is sure to intrigue scouts. Light on his feet and a high-effort player in pursuit, Johnson can make plays all over the field." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"Athletically, Johnson is a special prospect. He has good size and strength and a lot of speed. At times, he plays very fast and runs roughshod over offensive linemen. In college, that didn't always translate to production, but Johnson's crazy skill set would flash now and then." (WalterFootball.com)
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears have certainly bolstered their defensive line this offseason by adding several key free agents, most notably Jared Allen. But after losing DT Henry Melton, Emery might look to fill that void by selecting a few defensive tackles in this years NFL Draft. Johnson would be a solid piece to a defensive line puzzle that was could've used the depth. Most importantly, Johnson's durability — played in 40 college games in three years — may separate him from others, and is battle-tested — earned second team All-SEC honors from both the AP and the SEC Coaches in 2013.