Prospect Herman Johnson Says San Diego Is "Really Interested"

Herman Johnson
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.

March 17, 2009

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Anonymous said... Mar 18, 2009, 9:52:00 AM

He'd be a steal in the third round. Do it AJ!

Anonymous said... Mar 18, 2009, 9:57:00 AM

He wont make it to the third round.

Rocco said... Mar 18, 2009, 10:42:00 AM

As long as this guy doesn't pull a Fonoti I think he'd be a good pickup

Anonymous said... Mar 18, 2009, 11:55:00 AM

This would be a good compliment to McNeil. McNeil on the Left side and Johnson on the right. Our offense will be unstoppable. The other peice we'd need is to secure the D-line position and Safety position that would compliment Weddle. What say you?!

Anonymous said... Mar 18, 2009, 11:59:00 AM

hahaha rocco, i agree

Anonymous said... Mar 18, 2009, 12:54:00 PM

Reports from the Senior Bowl say he's too slow to be a tackle and deal with top level pash rushers. He also has weight problems. He'd be a great inside force at guard, but I wouldn't count on him being our answer to replace Clary.

Rob Zepeda said... Mar 18, 2009, 1:00:00 PM

I think Herm's best fit might be at guard, but I think he might be able to play some tackle as well. At the Senior Bowl, he weighed in at 382 lbs, which is way too heavy for tackle. Down to 356 now, I think he's showed some more quickness and losing another 10-15 lbs might further improve his agility. But I agree, I think he fits in at guard quite nicely.

Anonymous said... Mar 18, 2009, 10:50:00 PM

id rather get an athletic tackle at 16, like beatty. he won't be there in the 3rd, and imo is not worth trading into the 2nd. i highly doubt he's playing OT at the next level.

Anonymous said... Mar 19, 2009, 8:58:00 AM

Nawrocki on PFW has him rated as #122 prospect overall, and # 5 OG. Ourlads has him rated as a "wild card" (outside top 5 right OT). These guys are historically very close to what happens in the real draft . He's a third or fourth round pick.

Arcadio said... Mar 19, 2009, 1:42:00 PM

forget gettin offensive lineman in the first round, we need rey maualuga, we can trade maybe the 6th and 4rd for a second round pick if we really wanna get a lineman

Anonymous said... Mar 20, 2009, 12:17:00 AM

When do we find out what kind of compensation we get for Turner and Florence?

Arcadio said... Mar 20, 2009, 11:49:00 PM

duke robinson is the best guard in the draft i kid u no, #72 oklahoma

Anonymous said... Mar 21, 2009, 1:37:00 AM

its ray not rey, and get off the guys balls already people

Anonymous said... Mar 22, 2009, 1:30:00 PM

Why? Rey Mauluga is already going to be a success in the NFL and if you pair him up with Merriman then it would be a wrap for any offense trying to run on us.

Anonymous said... Mar 23, 2009, 1:00:00 PM

If he is that powerful, shouldn't we look at him as a potential JW replacement? Give big Jamal a couple of years to tutor him and BAM!

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