VAUGHT: Johnson discusses NFL dreams

Defensively, Kentucky could be better next year if cornerback Trevard Lindley and end Jeremy Jarmon, both juniors, don't opt to leave for the NFL. Junior linebacker Micah Johnson will also seek a NFL evaluation of his potential draft status. Johnson discussed his future in an upcoming KSR magazine feature and here's an excerpt from the story that will be in the next magazine:

"We joke around a lot about it. Guys picks at them about whether they will come back. They even pick at me about my senior year and whether I will be back. It is not something we have sat down and discussed. It will probably come out about what guys want to do. You have to make the best decision for you," Johnson said.

"I don't really think about it. People are in your ear all the time about what to do. I have been told if I come out this year I could go in the third round, or maybe the second round. They say I could be a combine guy, run a 4.6 (40) and let my physical assets make me a good pick. I haven't thought about that, though. I want to finish this year the right way."

However, he won't deny that playing in the NFL would be a dream come true for him just like it was former teammates Keenan Burton, Jacob Tamme and Steve Johnson.

"When I was younger and people would ask me what I wanted to be, my mom would always make me say I would be a doctor or lawyer. For as long as I can remember, that is what she made me say and not something crazy. That was fine," Johnson said. "As I continued to grow older and excel on the field, it was like maybe you will have a shot at pro ball. In my head, that is what I have wanted to do all my life but my mom would never let me say that.

"It would be a dream come true for that to happen. I have worked so hard to be in that position. I just want to put myself in the right position to make the right choice once our season is over."

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