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Next up on our grand tour of 2010 Atlanta Falcons draft picks is Alabama offensive lineman Mike Johnson, who projects as a guard and perhaps part-time tackle at the NFL level. Sure, he has one of the most non-descript names of all time....but are you going to tell him that to his face? Yikes.
After the jump, find out why Johnson projects to be a fierce lineman.
Name: Mike Johnson
Nickname: Alabama Slammer
2010 Role: Backup guard
Reminds Us Faintly Of: Todd Weiner, at a slightly different position
Why He's Good: Like fellow pick Joe Hawley, has the versatility to play multiple positions along the offensive line. Powerful blocker who takes good angles and still has room on his frame to grow. Praised often for his intelligence and eagerness to learn. Driven player who will do what it takes to shove aside those in his way, even if they just so happen to be occupying a higher spot on the depth chart than him. Fantastic run blocker.
Why He's Not: Has issues with footwork that will need to be rectified. While a big, strong guy, doesn't always generate the push needed to keep back the giant defensive linemen at this level.
Notable Quotable:: "They have a good offensive line in Atlanta. They have some quality coaches. It’s definitely a good veteran group and they are obviously some good quality guys. I’m just going to come in, try to fit in with them. . .I’m just trying to vie for a spot on that offensive line."
Bottom Line: Johnson's got all the tools to succeed at this level, and while his footwork is a concern, it's coachable and I'm confident he'll work through it. You may well be looking at the long-term starter at one of our guard spots, beginning in 2011.
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