Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws the ball as LSU Tigers defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (90) pressures during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LSU DT Anthony Johnson declaring for the NFL Draft

In what could be the start of another year where LSU underclassmen declare in droves to go to the NFL, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson is the first.  The talented junior was the lone holdover from the defensive line that was in the National Title game two years ago and saw four players drafted last year including Barkevious Mingo, Bennie Logan, Sam Montgomery and Lavar Edwards.

Last year, the defense was the side of the ball that saw a number of players leave.  This year, Johnson may be the only one.  The 6’3″ 294lb Johnson recorded 15 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and an interception for the Bayou Bengals.  Johnson actually slimmed down to play the 3-technique spot this year after being used as a nose guard last year with Logan playing the 3-technique spot for the most part.  He has shown the ability to contribute as a run defender and a pass rusher, but he is still developing as a player and his best football could be ahead of him.

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