Cowboys Draft Al Johnson

The Cowboys surprised a lot of people Saturday afternoon by drafting Wisconsin center Al Johnson. Johnson was rated as the second best center available in the NFL Draft by

C Al Johnson
6-3, 303, 5.1

Background: A preseason first-team All-American by The Sporting News, which lists him as the nation's top center ... tabbed for 2002 Playboy All-America team ... named to preseason watch list for 2002 Lombardi Award which goes to nation's top interior lineman ... should contend for 2002 Rimington Award which goes to nation's top center ... has started 23 of team's last 24 games ... has been compared favorably to former Badger All-America centers Cory Raymer and Casey Rabach.

More Info: Fifth-year senior who was a high school shot put champion…Three-year starter…Rimington Award finalist…Had a very strong showing at the Senior Bowl…Good mechanics…Has a mean streak and likes to deliver punishing shots to DTs…Good upper body strength…Not nearly as effective in pass blocking as run blocking…Doesn't have extreme lower body strength…Convicted of DWI in 2001 and arrested for DWI again last October…Hurt his stock at the Combine by doing only 18 reps with 225 pounds – one of the lowest totals among centers. He has the skills to be a solid NFL center, but some teams will shy away because of his alcohol-related arrests. Still, he should be a second-round choice to someone looking to replace an aging veteran in a year or two.

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