2008 DRAFT: Cowboys Pay Special Visit

The Dallas Cowboys made a special visit to the southeast to check on his fast-rising mover on many draft boards around the NFL.

DE/LB Curtis Johnson Profile

Division II All-American linebacker/defensive end Curtis Johnson (6-4, 250) is a name many NFL fans aren't too familiar with just yet, but that won't be the case too much longer.

Johnson, who played in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game held in Houston, is a player already receiving heavy consideration from organizations around the league.

As a senior, he had 13.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss playing defensive end for Clark Atlanta.

In the NFL, Johnson is viewed more as a pass-rushing specialist as an outside linebacker.

Johnson's coach, Clark Atlanta's Ted Bahhur will tell you about a play that Johnson made downfield against Alabama A&M last season.

"They ran a hitch and go," Bahhur said in a recent interview. "Curtis was at defensive end on the other side of the field. He ran downfield and caught the guy. He got him, not one of the defensive backs."

While many teams around the league have already had contact with Johnson, the Cowboys recently made a special visit to Atlanta to watch Clark last week, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

Scout.com currently lists Curtis as the No. 20 defensive end prospect available in the 2008 NFL Draft.

While the Cowboys are not in desperate need for a pass-rushing specialist at outside linebacker given the production from Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware this past season, Johnson could be a quality late-round addition if he is still available.

Johnson will also be participating in the upcoming NFL Combine on Feb. 26, 2008.

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