I'm giving you guys a preview of what you will see as a first round mock I'm doing for the Huddle Report, that should be unveiled in the next few days. I'm working on a first round mock involving trades. Of course trades are nearly impossible to predict, but it's fun trying to do it anyway.
But I have due to some wheeling and dealing that goes on in the first round, I think a guy like Florida State's Travis Johnson may fall all the way to #27.
Johnson is a guy that's hard to gauge in this draft. He's a player that had his best year as a senior, and was labeled a bit of an underachiever until this past season.
He's a guy that does have some concerns, the chief being 1) his lack of production until "it counted", something negative since it most teams feel that is the sign of a player that is hard to motivate unless money is an issue. 2) injuries. He's been hurt pretty much each season, although this past year injuries were of little concern. None of his injuries were way to major that he missed time except his freshman year, but still a guy that has durability issues should be a red flag. He's been diagnosed with ADHD, but I'm not sure how that will affect his draft stock.
For those reasons, Johnson could slip some in the first round. Most don't see him as an elite DT, but as a good that could be a Top 15-20 selection.
But for similar reasons, Johnson could go very high. His lack of production before this year, might look like to some teams that's he's ready to make the next step up and he's a guy with a lot of unlocked potential.
Most consider Johnson more of a run stopper than pass rusher, and he has good size and strength. For that reason I think he could be an effective NT, that can compete with Lavalais right away.
I think if Johnson did slip to #27, I think he would definitely be worth a shot. I see him as a guy that could go as high as #15, but could also slip quite a bit in the draft, since there aren't a lot of elite DTs this year, and I think teams aren't as willing as in past years to jump all over DTs in the first round.
We shall see...
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