Guess who this player is:
He’s 6-6, 283 pounds. Had 13 sacks as a junior, 24 in his career. Left school. Ran a 4.65-40 at combine. Benched 225 pounds, 35 times. Tagged with a rep of taking some plays off.
Now, guess who this player is:
He’s 6-7, 266 pounds. Had nine sacks as a senior, his first season starting full-time. Also played on several special teams units. Ran a 4.69-40, benched 225 pounds 28 times. Tagged with a rep of taking some plays off. Could fall to the third round, according to some mock drafts.
The first player is Mario Williams, whom the Texans selected No. 1 in the 2006 draft. He’s gone on to have 30.5 sacks in Houston, and is considered one of the best defensive ends in the NFL.
The second player is…..you guessed it, Michael Johnson.
So, why did Williams go No. 1, while Johnson could fall as low as the 70s in tomorrow’s draft?
Williams is obviously bigger, and stronger, but does 20 pounds and eight reps make that much of a difference?
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has blistered Johnson over and over, but many people were saying the same thing about Williams.
Could Johnson be the sleeper in the draft?