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BigChiefFan
04-25-2005, 03:56 PM
Derrick Johnson is one of the premier defensive players coming out of college and yet I still hear some doubters and naysayers, not many, but some. I believe DJ is the real deal and may be the steal of the draft. He's a high-intensity player who fits a 4-3 defense and has made play after play after play in the college ranks. He has talent galore and has a chip on his shoulder and loves to make contact. I believe he is a TEAM player and when interviewed during the draft he said he was very coachable and willing to learn whatever he could to improve his game. He fell in our laps at 15 and I'm stoked about the skill level on this player. He's off the charts. I intend on posting several profiles on Derrick Johnson and encourage everybody to support the new headhunter to the Chiefs... Derrick Johnson. I'm still in a daze that we got our guy and how much he really brings to the LBing core.

BIG_DADDY
04-25-2005, 03:59 PM
I thought it was a great pickup. Somebody is always going to bitch, not much you can do about that.

Chan93lx50
04-25-2005, 03:59 PM
3.... 2.... 1..... Enter Merril Hoge

BigChiefFan
04-25-2005, 04:04 PM
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Derrick Johnson




Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 230 pounds
Class Year: Sr
Experience: 3V
High School: Waco
Hometown: Waco, TX

Linebacker



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Bio Notes: An aggressive and explosive third-year linebacker who was one of three Butkus Award finalists in 2003 … is the first player in Texas history to be honored as a Butkus finalist, and was a semifinalist for the award in 2002 … in 2003, was UT’s first consensus first-team All-American LB since Jeff Leiding in 1983 … tabbed first-team All-America by The Associate Press, the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation … earned second-team All-America honors from The Sporting News … a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection … has played in 39 career games, including bowl games, and started 28 overall … has tallied 328 career tackles (208 solo), 46 TFLs (No. T-9th on UT’s career list and second among LBs), 8.5 sacks, 29 QB pressures, 22 PBUs (UT record for LBs), eight interceptions (T-No. 1 on UT’s interceptions by a linebacker list) and six fumble recoveries (T-No. 7 on UT’s career list) … has recorded 15 career double-digit tackle games … in 13 career games against Top 25 opponents, has posted 117 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 22 TFLs, three interceptions, eight PBUs, 11 pressures, a caused fumble and a fumble recovery … started all 13 games in 2003 and recorded 125 tackles, 20 TFLs, two sacks, 10 pressures, nine PBUs, four interceptions (T-No.1 on UT’s single-season INT by a LB list), one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries … his 20 TFLs in 2003 rank seventh-best among returning players in 2004 … started all 13 games and registered 120 tackles, 13 TFLs, two sacks, 10 pressures, 10 PBUs and four interceptions (T-No. 1 on UT’s single-season interceptions by a linebacker list) en route to first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2002 … also earned a spot among the Butkus Award semifinalists list (just the second player in UT history to earn that honor) … saw action in all 13 games, including two starts as a true freshman … named the Defensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl after recording nine tackles, a sack and an interception that led to UT's first go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter … The Sporting News' National Freshman of the Year … earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America … named the Big 12 co-Defensive Freshman of the Year … a second-team all-conference and Defensive Newcomer of the Year selection by the Houston Chronicle … led all Big 12 freshmen in tackles (83) and sacks (4.5) and ranked second in TFLs (13) … ranked second nationally among all true freshmen defenders in TFLs and sacks and fourth in tackles … finished the year in third place on UT's freshman sacks list, fourth in TFLs and eighth in tackles … his TFLs and sack totals rank first all-time among UT freshman linebackers … a Parade All-American who once posted 30 tackles in a high school game.


Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 230 pounds
Class Year: Sr
Experience: 3V
High School: Waco
Hometown: Waco, TX

Linebacker



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2003 Season Notes:
Started all 13 games … named one of three Butkus Award finalists … first player in Texas history to be honored as a Butkus finalist … was UT’s first consensus first-team All-American LB since Jeff Leiding in 1983 … tabbed first-team All-America by The Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation … earned second-team All-America honors from The Sporting News … unanimous first-team All-Big 12 pick … named UT’s Mike Campbell Most Valuable Defensive Player ... earned UT’s Outstanding Linebacker honors ... garnered UT’s Mike Campbell “Across the Bow” Defensive Player of the Week four times … recorded 125 tackles, 20 TFLs, two sacks, 10 pressures, nine PBUs, four interceptions (T-No.1 on UT’s single-season INT by a LB list), one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries in 2003 … six of his seven turnovers forced in 2003 either resulted in scores or set up short touchdown drives … registered or tied the team high in tackles eight times in 13 games … in four games against Top 25 opponents, posted 50 tackles, 12 TFLs, three PBUs, one interception, five pressures and a caused fumble … key member of a defense which ranked ninth in the NCAA and third in the Big 12 in pass defense (177.3 ypg), 25th in the nation and fourth in the conference in total defense (329.8 ypg), and 32nd in the country and fourth in the conference in scoring defense (21.5 ppg) … tallied a team-high 11 tackles, one sack, one TFL, one PBU, one QB pressure and returned an interception for a touchdown in the season-opener against New Mexico State … posted a team-high and tied his career high with a 14-tackle effort against Arkansas, which also included two TFLs and one pressure … tied the team high with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery at Rice to share UT’s Mike Campbell Defensive Player of the Week award … registered six tackles, two PBUs, recovered a fumble and had two interceptions against Tulane … received both the Big 12 Conference and UT’s Mike Campbell “Across the Bow” Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance in that game … recorded a team-high 10 tackles, three TFLs, and a PBU in the win against No. 16 Kansas State … registered a team-high 13 tackles vs. No. 1 Oklahoma … tallied a team-high nine tackles at Iowa State … had five tackles and one sack with two pressures at Baylor … intercepted his fourth pass of the season (T-No.1 on UT’s single-season INT by LB list) to go along with a team-high 11 tackles, a forced fumble, four pressures and four TFLs versus No. 12 Nebraska … named the Nagurski Award’s National Defensive Player of the Week and earned UT’s Mike Campbell Defensive Player of the Week award for his accomplishments versus Nebraska … had seven tackles at Oklahoma State with two going for losses … recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including a season-high nine solo tackles versus Texas Tech … finished the regular season with a team-high eight tackles at Texas A&M … had nine tackles, two for a loss, a pass breakup and a pressure versus No. 15 Washington State.

2002 Season Notes:
Started all 13 games, including the Cotton Bowl, at weakside linebacker … a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection … became just the second UT linebacker to be named a Butkus Award semifinalist … named UT’s Outstanding Linebacker … ranked second on the team with 120 tackles (team-high 73 solo) and in a second-place tie with four interceptions (T-No. 1 on UT’s single-season interceptions by a linebacker list) … averaged 9.2 tackles per contest and recorded six double-digit games … also registered 13 TFLs, a pair of sacks, 10 QB pressures and 10 PBUs … key member of a Longhorns defense that led the Big 12 and ranked eighth in the NCAA in pass defense (165.2 ypg.), second in the conference and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense (96.1 rtg.), third in the league and eighth in the country in scoring defense (16.3 ppg.) and third in the Big 12 and 16th nationally in total defense (307.7 ypg.) … also helped the defense record 22 interceptions (No. 2 Big 12; T-No. 4 NCAA) … a three-time UT Mike Campbell “Across the Bow” Defensive Player of the Week honoree (vs. North Texas, vs. Oklahoma State, at No. 17 Kansas State) … registered a team-high 12 tackles, three TFLs and two QB pressures in season-opening shutout against North Texas and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors … registered a career-best 14 tackles (11 solo), two sacks and three QB pressures at No. 17 Kansas State … recorded a team-high 12 tackles at Nebraska … added 12 stops, an interception, two PBUs and one QB pressure against No. 2 Oklahoma … posted 10 tackles, three TFLs and an interception (returned for 23 yards) in the Cotton Bowl against LSU … recorded 10 tackles, a QB pressure and an interception against Oklahoma State … posted nine tackles, two TFLs and a pair of PBUs against No. 17 Iowa State … tallied a team-high nine stops (six solo) at Texas Tech … added nine tackles at North Carolina … racked up eight tackles (seven solo) and two PBUs in UT’s shutout victory at Tulane … registered six tackles and helped UT limit Houston to just 152 total yards of offense … recorded five tackles, including one for loss, and a 25-yard interception against Texas A&M … registered four stops and a pair of PBUs as the Longhorns limited Baylor to 127 total yards of offense and recorded its NCAA-leading third shutout of the season.

2001 Season Notes:
Saw action in all 13 games, including the Holiday Bowl … started the Oklahoma and Texas Tech games … The Sporting News’ National Freshman of the Year … earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America … named the Big 12 co-Defensive Freshman of the Year … a second-team all-conference and Defensive Newcomer of the Year selection by the Houston Chronicle … earned UT’s Outstanding Defensive Newcomer Award … ranked second on the team with 83 tackles (57 solo), third with 13 TFLs (-47 yards) and fourth with 4.5 sacks … those marks rank eighth, fourth and fourth, respectively, on UT’s freshman lists … his TFLs and sack totals rank first all-time among UT freshman linebackers … also recorded nine QB pressures, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, three PBUs posted and two 10-tackle games … led the team in tackles in four games … led all Big 12 freshmen in tackles (83) and sacks (4.5) and ranked second in TFLs (13) … ranked second nationally among all true freshmen defenders in TFLs and sacks and fourth in tackles … a key contributor on a UT defense that led the nation in total defense (236.2 ypg) and ranked third in passing (146.7 ypg) and scoring defense (13.7 ppg), fourth in pass efficiency defense (88.0 rtg) and sixth in rushing defense (89.5 ypg) … the Longhorns were one of only two defenses that ranked among the NCAA’s top 10 in all five statistical categories (Virginia Tech was the other) … named the Defensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl vs. No. 21 Washington after recording nine tackles, a sack and an interception that led to UT’s first go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter … earned his first career start against Texas Tech and posted a season-high 13 tackles, a sack and two TFLs … had a team-high 10 tackles, a career-high two sacks and three TFLs and one pass breakup against North Carolina … posted nine tackles, two TFLs and a career-best six QB pressures at Baylor … started his second career game and registered a team-high eight tackles against No. 3 Oklahoma … had eight tackles, one sack, two TFLs and a fumble recovery against Kansas … the Longhorns shut out the Jayhawks and held them to just 67 total yards (UT’s best performance since 1988) … recorded eight tackles (four solo) and one TFL at Houston … also saw action on special teams, posting seven stops (five solo) … shared UT’s Frank Denius Special Teams Player of the Week after posting one solo tackle and forcing a fumble that led to a TD against Texas Tech.

Bio Notes:
An aggressive and explosive third-year linebacker who was one of three Butkus Award finalists in 2003 … is the first player in Texas history to be honored as a Butkus finalist, and was a semifinalist for the award in 2002 … in 2003, was UT’s first consensus first-team All-American LB since Jeff Leiding in 1983 … tabbed first-team All-America by The Associate Press, the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation … earned second-team All-America honors from The Sporting News … a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection … has played in 39 career games, including bowl games, and started 28 overall … has tallied 328 career tackles (208 solo), 46 TFLs (No. T-9th on UT’s career list and second among LBs), 8.5 sacks, 29 QB pressures, 22 PBUs (UT record for LBs), eight interceptions (T-No. 1 on UT’s interceptions by a linebacker list) and six fumble recoveries (T-No. 7 on UT’s career list) … has recorded 15 career double-digit tackle games … in 13 career games against Top 25 opponents, has posted 117 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 22 TFLs, three interceptions, eight PBUs, 11 pressures, a caused fumble and a fumble recovery … started all 13 games in 2003 and recorded 125 tackles, 20 TFLs, two sacks, 10 pressures, nine PBUs, four interceptions (T-No.1 on UT’s single-season INT by a LB list), one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries … his 20 TFLs in 2003 rank seventh-best among returning players in 2004 … started all 13 games and registered 120 tackles, 13 TFLs, two sacks, 10 pressures, 10 PBUs and four interceptions (T-No. 1 on UT’s single-season interceptions by a linebacker list) en route to first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2002 … also earned a spot among the Butkus Award semifinalists list (just the second player in UT history to earn that honor) … saw action in all 13 games, including two starts as a true freshman … named the Defensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl after recording nine tackles, a sack and an interception that led to UT's first go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter … The Sporting News' National Freshman of the Year … earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America … named the Big 12 co-Defensive Freshman of the Year … a second-team all-conference and Defensive Newcomer of the Year selection by the Houston Chronicle … led all Big 12 freshmen in tackles (83) and sacks (4.5) and ranked second in TFLs (13) … ranked second nationally among all true freshmen defenders in TFLs and sacks and fourth in tackles … finished the year in third place on UT's freshman sacks list, fourth in TFLs and eighth in tackles … his TFLs and sack totals rank first all-time among UT freshman linebackers … a Parade All-American who once posted 30 tackles in a high school game.

http://texas.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=2779&Sport=1&Year=2004&Type=Notes



BTW, I think we should consider DJ as MLBer and Bell on the outside.

BigChiefFan
04-25-2005, 04:08 PM
Player Profile

Derrick Johnson


School: Texas
Position: Weakside Linebacker
Class: Senior
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 242lbs
Birthday: 11/22/82
40 Time: 4.54



Positives


- Speed is one of Derrick’s biggest strengths. He has the ability to cover sideline to sideline. He has proven to be an accomplished blitzer and shows good instincts on the field. Coverage is an area that Derrick also has a good amount of success in.

Weaknesses


- The biggest weakness in his game has to be his strength and the ability to shed blockers. This could be a problem for him in the NFL, if he doesn’t make strides to improve in these areas.

Overall Analysis


- Derrick Johnson appears to be the best senior outside linebacker available in the 2005 NFL Draft, and as of now I would say that he has a better than even chance of being drafted in the top half of the first round. Johnson was an immediate impact player at Texas, totaling 83 tackles (13 tackles for loss) as a freshman in 2001. Johnson’s statistics as a senior are solid across the board, but the real eye-catching number is the 8 forced fumbles he has been credited with during the team’s first 10 games of the season. Johnson has a great package of linebacker skills that includes size, speed and overall athletic ability. He displays great range on the football field, and has been a difference maker from the weak side linebacker position as a college player. But while Johnson appears to be a tough, physical player when attacking the ball carrier, he isn’t as physical when he is away from the ball. He does have trouble taking on and defeating blockers, and even though he has the size and skill to play any linebacker position, he may only maximize his potential if he remains on the weak side of the defense once in the NFL. Johnson is an excellent linebacker prospect, but personally I don’t feel he carries an elite type grade that would guarantee him a selection within the draft’s first ten picks. Nonetheless, barring injury Johnson will be a first round pick and has a better than even chance of being selected within the top half of round one.

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- Julian Peterson