I don’t know what, precisely, is going on with Dorian Johnson right now. I don’t know if he’s dealing with a lingering injury, if he just didn’t look good in preseason and training camp, or if he frequently stole french fries off of Bruce Arians’ plate. I don’t really care, either, because the Falcons have a rare opportunity here to pick up a young, potentially very good guard for basically nothing.
That’s because the Cardinals surprised us all by releasing him after making him a fourth round selection in this draft class. It was even more surprising to see him clear waivers.
Dorian Johnson is a rarity: A fourth-round pick who didn't make the team that drafted him, then cleared waivers https://t.co/1SRGTtrGlE— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 3, 2017
Johnson has a liver condition, as noted in that Pro Football Talk article linked above, but the Cardinals knew that and drafted him. There’s nothing in his college tape that suggests he’ll be anything worse than a useful reserve in the NFL, and I thought he was one of the best guards in this class. The Falcons have options this year, but adding Johnson to the mix even as a practice squadder this year could allow him to compete for a job next year, when Ben Garland hits free agency.
Let’s go get it done, Falcons.