Big Time DT Visiting Dallas

We begin our extensive look at each prospect visiting Valley Ranch this week, with an in-depth look at this big time defensive tackle. <BR>

Travis Johnson (Florida State)
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 305 40: 5.08 Year: 5Sr

Travis Johnson, the No. 1 ranked defensive tackle prospect available in the NFL Draft by Scout.com, will be visiting with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday of this week.

Johnson Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career numbers of 50/18/2.5. Played in thirteen games as a junior totaling 36 tackles. Charged with a felony count of assault in April of 2003 but the case was quickly dismissed. Started eight games as a sophomore posting 50/10/2.5.

Positives: Explosive run-stuffing defensive lineman with good upside for the next level. Bends his knees getting leverage on opponents, quick off the snap and stout at the point. Immediately reads or diagnoses the action, displays solid hand technique getting off blocks and redirects to the ball carrier. Gets a good amount of momentum going up the field and tough to slow down. Slides off opponents to the inside, has the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and wraps up tackling. Works hard to make a play.

Negatives: Lacks top bulk and upper body strength for the inside. Marginal skills as a pass rusher.

Analysis: Rebounding off a poor junior campaign, Johnson got his game back on track last season and progressed off of what was a terrific sophomore year. The court case of ‘03 seemed to drag on him as a junior and was not as highly ranked as he should have been coming into the season. Stands to add bulk and strength to his frame yet a solid tackle for a conventional defense and a legitimate first round choice.

Cowboys Interest?: Johnson is an intriguing choice, but the Cowboys have likely indentified several other targets, particularly at defensive end, that would be ranked higher on the board. His dominance as a run-stuffer cannot be ignored, but his inability to get to the quarterback may mean he's not headed to the Cowboys on draft day.

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