The Miami Dolphins are presently stacked along the defensive line, especially at the defensive tackle position owning Jared Odrick, Earl Mitchell and Randy Starks. They also have some intriguing prospects in AJ Francis, Isaako Aaitui and former LSU Tiger Anthony Johnson, whom signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Johnson, who was built up by many to be a potential second or third-round selection, went undrafted due to undisclosed reasons. The most likely? No teams wanted to spend a useful pick on a guy who never lived up to expectations after being a highly sought after high school recruit. Johnson could quite possibly be one of the draft’s biggest “boom or bust” prospects.
The former LSU DT has nice size at 6-foot-2, 308-pounds. Johnson shows good burst and quickness off the line and uses his strength to break through double teams to get into the back field and disrupt the play. He is still quite young and has the tools to be a very good defensive tackle at the next level, which is perfect for the Miami defensive staff.
Johnson needs to become much stronger at the point of attack, however. If he allows a blocker to get into his chest, he can be easily turned and maneuvered, which is not something you want in your stud defensive tackle. He needs to become a much better pass rusher overall and use different moves to get through the line of scrimmage to get some pressure on opposing QBs. He’s too athletically gifted to not be getting pressure.
Johnson will likely be competing with Aaitui, Francis and fellow UDFAs Kamal Johnson and Garrison Smith for two roster spots. His upside is much higher than his competitors, therefore he should be able to win by a landslide, but Johnson needs to show up in camp and make some flashy plays with quick progress if he wishes to stick on the Miami squad.