The San Diego Chargers are showing serious interest in at least one Louisiana State prospect. This, of course, should come as no surprise considering the Chargers have drafted an LSU Tiger each of the past two years. AJ Smith and staff well aware of the talented NFL prospects that school produces annually. This time around, the Chargers seem to have their eye on the mammoth offensive guard Herman Johnson.
Officially the biggest baby ever born in the state of Louisiana, Herman Johnson has developed into one of the most powerful linemen in the nation. At 6'7" and a lean 356 lbs, Johnson projects to be a road grader of an offensive lineman. What he lacks in athleticism, Herman "The House" Johnson makes up for in outstanding power and size. Considered to be one of the top offensive guard prospects available in the 2009 NFL Draft, Herman Johnson has scouts wondering if he can man the Right Tackle position in a power running offense.
In a recent interview with the NFL Network during LSU's pro day, the impressive Herman Johnson shed a little light on the teams interested in him, particularly the San Diego Chargers:
Mike Mayock: "What are you hearing from the pro scouts? What round do you think you'll go in, and are there any teams that are paying a lot of attention to you right now?"
Herman Johnson: "I've been hearing early second, late first (round). And right now the teams that are really interested are San Diego, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Chicago."
Mike Mayock: "The big, power running teams... big Herm playing guard for the big, power running teams."
If Johnson can keep his weight in check (he's tipped the scales at over 400 lbs), he could develop into one of the most dominating offensive linemen in pro football. He's shown great work ethic so far, going the extra mile to make sure he is as fit as possible, unlike another top offensive line prospect by the name of Andre Smith.
Labels: NFL Draft 2009
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