Johnson Talks NFL Draft

When Mike Stoops took over the Arizona Football program the Cats were in the middle of perhaps the driest spell in its history in regards to having players drafted into the NFL. Things are starting to turn around in the talent department in Tucson as things improve on the field for the Cats and that also means that things are improving off the field and at the draft for the Cats.

This past weekend saw the Cats have for players drafted as Chris Henry, Syndric Steptoe, Nick Folk and Michael Johnson were all drafted by NFL teams, the latter three being second day selections.

On Sunday Johnson was sitting at home in Texas when he got a call from the New York Giants.

"I was just chilling when they called," Johnson said. "They said that I should turn on my television to the draft because they were about to draft me. I am excited about being drafted and I can't wait to get to New York and make things happen."

Johnson didn't have the best senior season or combine but he felt that he had good interviews and individual workouts to go with his play and his raw athleticism.

"I know I can play at the next level," he said. "I was pretty confident that I would get drafted by somebody and I was sure that I would at least get a great opportunity at the NFL."

Now that he has been drafted, Johnson has returned to Tucson to finish some things up before heading out to camp with the Giants.

"Camp starts on May 11th so I will go out then," he said. "They are sending me a playbook so I can be prepared and get out there and compete right away. I am back in Tucson for right now finishing up my last class at the U of A."

Note :

Senior Defensive End/Defensive Tackle Marcus Smith has signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith will be in Tucson until he heads to Texas for the Cowboys camp on May 16th.

"I head down on the 16th," Smith said. "I am happy to have a legitimate shot in the NFL with a great organization." should have interviews and quotes from Steptoe, Folk and Henry in the coming days.

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