Scouting Report: Center Al Johnson

The Cowboys surprised some experts by selecting Wisconsin center/guard Al Johnson in the second round last weekend at the 2003 NFL Draft. We close down our scouting reports and individual analysis on Johnson in this extensive report.

Al Johnson comes to Dallas as a three year starter and cousin to former Badger lineman Ben Johnson. He was a preseason All-American selection last year before ending up as a second team All-Conference selection.

Name: Al Johnson School: Wisconsin Year: 5Sr

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 300 40: 5.15 Pos: C

Bio: Three year starter and cousin to former Badger lineman Ben Johnson. Second team All- Conference selection as a senior.

Position: Tough, nasty blocker on the pivot who opens the middle of the field. Quick off the snap into his blocks, easily turns opponents out of the play and viciously attacks defenders. Smart, stays with his assignments and stays square, keeping opponents in front of him. Immediately gets out to the second level and displays the abilities to annihilate linebackers. Fights with his hands, extends his arms and strong in his upper body. Anchors in pass protection and controls opponents at the point once engaged.

Negative: Bends at the waist, not overly effective in space and lacks the ability to move laterally or pull across the line of scrimmage. Does not adjust all that well and lacks pop at the point of attack.

Analysis: Had a nice senior campaign but was not the devastating force many thought he would turn out to be. Played guard at the Senior Bowl which helps his cause. A prospect with a large amount of upside potential should he get back on the right track.

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.

High School: Second-team All-American by Prep Football Report at Southern Door ... top-20 lineman nationally by Super Prep ... named to PrepStar All-America "Dream Team" ... state's top player by Street & Smith's in 1997 ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team all-state on offense and defense ... Packerland Conference player of the year in football and basketball ... played in Wisconsin Shrine Game ... won state track title in shot put ... coach was Brent Claflin.

Personal: Born 1/27/79 ... sociology major ... parents are Richard and Robin ... cousin, Ben, is Badgers' starting left tackle.

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