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Check out these highlights


http://mackbrown-texasfootball.com/pages/videoclips/2004_05/111104_johnson.html


March 10th, 2005, 1:12 pm
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I go to Iowa State and have seen DJ make some awesome sticks and completely wreck people's days. He's all over the ball. There was one stick he had the last time they played (in 03) on ISU's QB, I thought he knocked that poor kid out...To say he blew him up is an understatement. We also went to that Missouri/Texas game where most of those highlights were from.

"...posted 16 tackles to go with a forced fumble and an INT versus No. 2 Oklahoma."

Too bad he'll be gone at 10...


March 10th, 2005, 7:35 pm
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DJ looks like a stud ready to happen at the next level. Why waste that talent in Cleveland...


We shouldn't.... waste that talent. DJ belongs in Detroit.

Which is why I mention this: trade up for him.

Before anyone bashes it, I plan to write an article about it, if that's cool Paul.

I will try to demonstrate the logic of such an otherwise outrageous move. I've been throwing the idea around with a few guys at the DLMB. But hear me out before dismissing the idea as preposterous...

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March 11th, 2005, 2:03 am
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Here's an even better video of him

http://www.qisports.com/derrickjohnson2005.html

it shows the complete package. You can really see the sound tackling, more coverage ability and his incredible speed.

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Does anybody have ESPN insider? If you do copy and paste the read on Derrick Johnson I would like to read it.


In answer to the original question, I believe this was the insider article:


The final day of activities provided fireworks. Texas OLB Derrick Johnson was the "real deal" with one of the most impressive linebacker workouts in years, including a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. Tennessee OLB Kevin Burnett and Southern Utah OLB Marques Harris put on a show of their own when they played a one-up-you game of gymnastics at the end of each of their position drill workouts.

Burnett started things off with a back flip at the conclusion of one of the rip drills. Harris elected to outdo Burnett with a cartwheel into a back flip. After the two exchanged blows once again, Harris sealed the deal with a cartwheel followed by consecutive back flips that left the entire audience -- including Burnett -- in awe of his athletic prowess. While the display had absolutely nothing to do with position-specific skills, NFL coaches and scouts were impressed.

The combine came to an end when the 12th and final group ran its 40-yard dashes. The 4.29 run by Oklahoma State CB Darrent Williams was impressive, but not nearly as impressive as Nebraska CB Fabian Washington's 4.25. One scout said of Washington's run, "Deion Sanders ran anywhere between a 4.23 and 4.30 -- depending on which stopwatch you believe." He continued by saying, "Fabian's time is definitely the fastest since that day, and it may actually have been faster."

Below is a positional breakdown of Tuesday's combine workout, which was dedicated primarily to 40 times, with some agility and position-specific drills. It is the conclusion of a four-part series that has covered the 333 prospects (17 positions in 12 groups) who worked out at the 2005 NFL combine.

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Inside and outside linebackers worked out together in one group (Group 10) Tuesday. Most of the 35 linebackers in attendance worked out (12 of 13 ILBs and 17 of 22 OLBs). The seven who did not run were Kirk Morrison, Burnett, Ryan Claridge, Channing Crowder, Matt Grootegoed, Jared Newberry and Rian Wallace.

Wallace sat out the 40-yard dash because of a hamstring pull and also had a tough day on the bench press, as he had the fewest reps (10) of all the linebackers who participated. Johnson (4.54), Demarcus Ware (4.56) and Robert McCune (4.50) had the three best 40-yard dash times of the day. While Johnson and McCune's times were impressive, it was Ware's that drew the most attention because it proved that the 6-4, 251-pound DE/OLB tweener has the speed to make a potentially huge impact as a perimeter pass rusher in the NFL.

Ware's workout could have landed him a spot in the late first or early second round because of the increasing need for rush-linebacker types with his kind of speed. McCune did pull up lame with a hamstring injury during his positional workout segment, but not before he had one of the most impressive showings at the combine with that 4.50 40-yard dash and 34 reps on the standard 225-pound bench press. The two worst 40 times turned in by the linebackers belonged to Martin Patterson (5.00) and Clifford Dukes (4.97).

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Prospect, Position, School Ht. Wt. Bench 40
Liam Ezekiel, ILB, Northeastern 6001 249 4.79
Alfred Fincher, ILB, Connecticut 6013 238 4.67
Mike Goolsby, ILB, Notre Dame 6030 249 4.87
Boomer Grigsby, ILB, Illinois State 5116 249 4.67
Marcus Lawrence, ILB, South Carolina 6021 243 4.64
Robert McCune, ILB, Louisville 6000 245 34 4.50
Lance Mitchell, ILB, Oklahoma 6021 247 4.81
Kirk Morrison, ILB, San Diego State 6010 235 25
Martin Patterson, ILB, Texas Christian 6014 243 5.00
Jonathan Pollard, ILB, Oregon State 6010 247 4.67
Adam Seward, ILB, UNLV 6022 248 33 4.62
Lofa Tatupu, ILB, USC 5117 238 23 4.79
Odell Thurman, ILB, Georgia 6001 233 25 4.62
Jordan Beck, OLB, Cal Poly State 4.61
Darryl Blackstock, OLB, Virginia 6025 247 4.66
Michael Boley, OLB, S. Mississippi 6026 236 4.63
Kevin Burnett, OLB, Tennessee 6027 239
Ryan Claridge, OLB, UNLV 6020 254
Roger Cooper, OLB, Montana State 6023 239 4.69
Channing Crowder, OLB, Florida 6022 252
Clifford Dukes, OLB, Michigan State 6034 268 28 4.97
Jamar Enzor, OLB, Cincinnati 6004 243 4.72
Matt Grootegoed, OLB, USC 5106 218
Tyjuan Hagler, OLB, Cincinnati 5115 236 35 4.62
Marques Harris, OLB, Southern Utah 6011 231 22 4.78
Leroy Hill, OLB, Clemson 6010 229 4.63
Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas 6032 242 4.54
Jared Newberry, OLB, Stanford 6011 254
Kenneth Pettway, OLB, Grambling St. 6030 236 4.75
Brady Poppinga, OLB, Brigham Young 6031 259 26 4.60
Barrett Rudd, OLB, Nebraska 6024 247 25 4.69
Derek Wake, OLB, Penn State 6026 236 20 4.60
Rian Wallace, OLB, Temple 6022 241 10
Demarcus Ware, OLB, Troy 6040 251 4.56
Cornelius Wortham, OLB, Alabama 6013 236 22 4.76


Note: In NFL scouting circles, heights are listed in four-digit form. The first digit represents feet, the middle two represent inches and the fourth represents eighths of an inch. So, the listing 6037 translates to 6-foot-3 7/8.

Cornerbacks
Washington and Williams obviously stole the show with their respective 40-yard dash times of 4.25 and 4.29. Others who impressed with their speed were Chris McKenzie (4.31), Karl Paymah (4.31), Stanford Routt (4.36), Ronald Bartell Jr. (4.37), Nick Collins (4.39) Stanley Wilson (4.40) and Domonique Foxworth (4.40).

Justin Miller wasn't quite as fast as expected, but he solidified himself as a late-first-round prospect with his 4.44 speed, as did Carlos Rogers with a strong showing of 4.48. The top two cornerbacks in this year's class -- Antrel Rolle and Adam Jones -- both elected not to run or work out. Rolle left the combine early to get back to Miami in preparation for his pro-timing workout Thursday. The only other cornerbacks who opted not to run were Bryant McFadden (own choice) and Corey Webster (turf toe).

The overall speed of this group was impressive, but there were a few players who really hurt their chances with poor 40-yard dash times. Abraham Elimimian (4.70) provided the worst time of the afternoon. Others who hurt their stock with slow times were Eric Green (4.55 and 4.61), Marlin Jackson (4.59 and 4.60) and Markus Curry (4.63 and 4.66).

Bartell sprained his ankle during position drills, while Brandon Browner took himself out of first-round contention with a 4.62 as his best 40 time. Browner did put on an impressive showing during his workouts, though. He is extremely smooth and fluid for a 6-3?, 221-pound cornerback and showed excellent ball skills during drills.

Cornerbacks
Prospect, School Ht. Wt. Bench 40
Ronald Bartell Jr., Howard 6012 211 4.37
Brandon Browner, Oregon State 6034 221 13 4.60
Nick Collins, Bethune-Cookman 5111 206 4.39
Markus Curry, Michigan 5107 181 4.63
Travis Daniels, LSU 6005 194 4.59
Abraham Elimimian, Hawaii 5095 190 4.68
Dustin Fox, Ohio State 5107 191 7 4.49
Domonique Foxworth, Maryland 5111 184 4.40
Eric Green, Virginia Tech 5113 198 4.55
Kelvin Hayden, Illinois 5103 197 17 4.48
Ellis Hobbs, Iowa State 5090 192 4.50
Alphonso Hodge, Miami (Ohio) 5106 203 4.47
Daven Holly, Cincinnati 5103 192 15 4.41
Marlin Jackson, Michigan 6005 198 4.59
Derrick Johnson, Washington 5107 197 4.47
Adam Jones, West Virginia 5094 187
Eric King, Wake Forest 5084 189 12 4.50
Bryant McFadden, Florida State 5116 193
Chris McKenzie, Arizona State 5084 185 4.37
Justin Miller, Clemson 5096 201 4.44
Karl Paymah, Washington State 6000 204 28 4.31
Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma 5106 190 4.47
Lamont Reid, North Carolina 5112 195 15 4.53
Carlos Rogers, Auburn 6003 196 4.48
Antrel Rolle, Miami 6001 201 15
Stanford Routt, Houston 6013 193 4.36
Scott Starks, Wisconsin 5084 172 13 4.41
Fabian Washington, Nebraska 5104 188 18 4.25
Corey Webster, LSU 6001 199 9
Aric Williams, Oregon State 5114 187 8 4.62
Cedric Williams, Kansas State 5096 168 13 4.51
Darrent Williams, Oklahoma State 5085 176 16 4.29
Stanley Wilson, Stanford 5116 185 14 4.40
Jerron Wishom, Louisiana Tech 5116 193 18 4.55


Safeties
The biggest story coming out of the safeties' workout Tuesday involved Thomas Davis. Davis will need to move to weakside linebacker in the NFL after weighing in at 230 pounds and running a 4.61 in the 40-yard dash. He should still be a first-round pick, but his stock is likely to slip because of concerns about his needing to make a position change in the NFL. He did play a season at OLB in college, and his best bet (in terms of his draft value) would have been to remain at OLB for his final year at Georgia.

Gerald Sensabaugh had one of the best showings from the safety class. Sensabaugh is a late bloomer who finished his career at North Carolina after spending time early on at Eastern Tennessee State. He showed up in terrific shape at 6-0?, 214 pounds and ran an excellent 40 time (4.49) for his size. Sensabaugh, who once blocked three kicks in one game at ETSU, also had one of the best vertical jumps of the week, reaching 46 inches.

Others who helped themselves with fast times on the track include Kerry Rhodes (4.46), Marviel Underwood (4.46) and Andre Maddox (4.47). There were seven safeties who did not run or complete their workouts -- O.J. Atogwe (strained glute on first 40 attempt of 4.62), Vincent Fuller (hamstring), Brodney Pool (own choice), Atari Bigby (own choice), Jim Leonhard (foot), Ernest Shazor (own choice) and Donte Nicholson (foot).

Bigby's decision not to run was particularly peculiar, as he's nothing more than a late-round prospect. He didn't make matters better when he turned in one of the worst position workouts of the group. Bigby's inability to catch the football became embarrassing after a while.

The three worst 40-yard dash times of the safety class came from Aaron Francisco (4.83), Jamaal Brimmer (4.84) and Atcheson Conway (4.87). On the flip side, the four safeties who helped themselves the most with better times than expected were Justin Beriault (4.53), Jerome Carter (4.52), Josh Bullocks (4.53) and Sean Considine (4.53).

Safeties
Prospect, Position, School Ht. Wt. Bench 40
O.J. Atogwe, FS, Stanford 5110 219 22 4.62
Josh Bullocks, FS, Nebraska 6000 209 4.53
James Butler, FS, Georgia Tech 6017 213 16 4.59
Sean Considine, FS, Iowa 6001 212 4.55
Ben Emanuel II, FS, UCLA 6026 213 4.56
Aaron Francisco, FS, Brigham Young 6017 211 4.78
Vincent Fuller, FS, Virginia Tech 6011 189
Terry Holley, FS, Rice 6012 211 24 4.65
Jim Leonhard, FS, Wisconsin 5083 191 19
Brodney Pool, FS, Oklahoma 6010 207
Kerry Rhodes, FS, Louisville 6024 209 4.46
Gerald Sensabaugh, FS, North Carolina 6004 214 17 4.49
Ernest Shazor, FS, Michigan 6035 228
Marviel Underwood, FS, San Diego State 5102 205 4.49
Marquis Weeks, FS, Virginia 5104 216 23 4.56
Hamza Abdullah, SS, Washington State 4.65
Justin Beriault, SS, Ball State 6026 204 14 4.56
Atari Bigby, SS, Central Florida 5106 214
Jamaal Brimmer, SS, UNLV 6013 216 4.76
Jerome Carter, SS, Florida State 5113 228 4.51
Atcheson Conway, SS, Bowie State 5103 218 14 4.87
Thomas Davis, SS, Georgia 6010 230 4.65
Diamond Ferri, SS, Syracuse 5101 223 4.56
Jason Harmon, SS, Michigan State 5114 209 4.63
Andre Maddox, SS, North Carolina State 6005 205 17 4.47
Donte Nicholson, SS, Oklahoma 6004 212 18

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March 11th, 2005, 2:09 am
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If we were to trade up...let's just hope it's not the same thing that happened in Cleveland and DJ doesn't break his leg! We would have to give up a buttload to move up 7 spots! Switch first rounders, 2 rounders this year and next at least. The difference between 10 and 3 is 900 points. Our #42 pick is valued at 480. So that'd be about right. If DJ was a need, I could see it happening, but we have major holes in the OL.


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Honolulu_Blue wrote:
Before anyone bashes it, I plan to write an article about it, if that's cool Paul.

I will try to demonstrate the logic of such an otherwise outrageous move. I've been throwing the idea around with a few guys at the DLMB. But hear me out before dismissing the idea as preposterous...


Absolutely Don, I know you've got a lot of passion on this issue - I'd like to see how that translates into an article. I'll keep a spot open for you...

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We will see what happens with Lehman this year but again I dont think that he will ever be a good MLB. He belongs at WLB and even SLB seemed like a stretch last year. We have used a lot of picks already on LBs all of whom have shown promise but play the same position. Waiting to read this article by Honululu Blue should be interesting. By the way what happened to trading down repeatedly in the draft?


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By the way what happened to trading down repeatedly in the draft?


That pretty much went out the door when the Lions signed Kennedy and Pollard. The thought behind trading down repeatedly was to pick T. Davis (SS) or H. Miller (TE) at a spot closer to their value, neither was worth a 10th round pick.

Now that's out of the way, the Lions can employ a BPA (best player available) approach with the 10th pick. The team now has the flexibility to still move down, stay put, or even trade up to make Honolulu Blue happy.

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I am with you Honolulu Blue I want the Lions to do everything they can to try and land Derrick Johnson. I think he is the best player in the draft. Of course coming from me thats not saying much lol but you get the idea :D
We get DJ in the 1st
David Baas in the 2nd
I am ready to proclaim the North Divsion and an 11-5 record
There I said it
11-5 North Divsion CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I need Crazys sig for this one becuase im crazy in love with the Lions


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upnorthlion wrote:
I am with you Honolulu Blue I want the Lions to do everything they can to try and land Derrick Johnson. I think he is the best player in the draft. Of course coming from me thats not saying much lol but you get the idea :D
We get DJ in the 1st
David Baas in the 2nd
I am ready to proclaim the North Divsion and an 11-5 record
There I said it
11-5 North Divsion CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I need Crazys sig for this one becuase im crazy in love with the Lions


I would love DJ. He would give our D a smashmouth intenisty and toughness. Every LB mock has DJ falling past 10 execpt Brian, who has Tennesee taking him. Could we work a deal with the Titants, or will he fall in our lap?


BTW, I would like Sproles in the 3rd or 4th too.

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Sorry to burst the bubble. The guy is a playmaker always hawking the ball and great in coverage but he will get pushed around some in the NFL. He tackles low and with great technique but is not a "smash mouth" player, much better in pursuit then straight up. See UM/Texas, was DJ even on the field, it was hard to tell bc O-lineman had gobbled him up. How often do teams run the option in the NFL? And leaping as part of your passrush will get you killed. He is a better prospect than the guys we have Bailey, Lehman, Lewis, Davis. Good pt Pablo about Bailey's knees but those guys are still good young prospects. If he falls to us great but trading up for him is out of the question bc it is not a need position; unless Bailey, lewis, davis, or lewis is part of the trade...


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My bubble remains unburst. I think he is a great player and one position you can never have too much of are Linebackers. The only alt to him at 10 would be Pollack or James, IMO.

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James has an injury history and is a risk. Pollack is tough but not talented enough to be the 10th pick overall. He is not the 2nd coming of Richard Seymour as some people think. Someone will get good value and production with him later but at #10 he is not the BPA. I'd take Merriman or Spears ahead of either of those two guys. If DJ is there at 10, take him but dont trade up for him, we arent one piece away. Too bad Ahmad Brooks didnt come out because that guy would fit us better than DJ does.


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i'd like to see spears up front with big baby. lets build a dominating defensive line.


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