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A.J. Johnson | Linebacker

Team: Tennessee Volunteers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/24/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245

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Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson is "not a workout warrior who’ll wow scouts with a great combine workout," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Pauline mentioned Johnson as a Week 1 draft "riser," writing: "Johnson was the catalyst of the Volunteers defensive domination over Utah State. During the Vols 31-point win the senior posted nine tackles, forced a fumble, broke up a pass then intercepted another in the fourth quarter which Tennessee translated into a score. Johnson’s not a workout warrior who’ll wow scouts with a great combine workout rather a tough, instinctive linebacker who’ll do well on the inside/middle of the defense." Over the last three years, Johnson led the SEC with 324 tackles; he earned First Team All-SEC honors in 2013. The Vols' prospect was given a mid-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee when he considered jumping to the pros over the winter. Sep 4 - 3:52 PM

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CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson's "greatest skill is his heavy-hitting as a tackler."

"Perhaps Johnson's greatest skill is his heavy-hitting as a tackler. He has a nice closing burst to gather momentum and consistently delivers the emphatic pop that has no doubt helped him build his all-conference reputation, Rang wrote. Over the last three years, the Vols prospect has led the SEC with 324 career tackles, and earned First Team All-SEC honors in 2013. Johnson considered leaving for the NFL after last season, until he was given a mid-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. With a strong season this year, he has a chance to impress evaluators and improve his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 10:42 AM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread believes Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson has the most to prove amongst SEC draft prospects in 2014.

Johnson decided to return to school over the winter, a decision most everybody thought was the correct one. "Now, he has to show NFL scouts he's improved on some of the knocks on his game, specifically, open-field tackling and playing on the perimeter," wrote Goodbread. "Exhibit A: Auburn's 444 rushing yards against the Vols last season." Draft analysts projected Johnson as a fourth- to fifth-round prospect when he was weighing his decision over the winter. We think he needs plenty of refinement to transcend that projection in the 2015 draft. Johnson is a limited player who wins between the tackles and only attacks effectively in a straight line.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 10:51 PM

Tennessee senior-to-be LB A.J. Johnson was arrested on Saturday.

The charges against Johnson and two others with ties to the Tennessee program, current defensive tackle Danny O'Brien and former linebacker Dontavis Sapp, were not disclosed. Head coach Butch Jones acknowledged the arrests but offered no further comment in terms of a punishment. Johnson has generated buzz for two seasons, but we think he is a limited player who wins between the tackles and moving in a straight line.
Source: Nooga
Feb 9 - 10:47 AM

Tennessee junior LB A.J. Johnson will return to school for his final year.

Jimmy Hyams adds draft analysts projected Johnson in the fourth- to fifth-round. The junior drew some preseason buzz, but he is a run stuffing linebacker who works best moving forward and between tackles. He could be a liability and plays and runs in space.
Jan 7 - 1:20 PM

Tennessee has hired a personnel director to run the recruiting office, which seems to be a new NFL-style trend among many college football programs.

"The trend is to hire a personnel guy," said Bob Welton, who was hired in April "and then let him run the recruiting office." Alabama, Notre Dame and Texas are other programs with a similar model.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 08:56:00 AM

Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri highlighted sophomore LBs A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt for their impressive preseason play.

"I didn't realize this until I finally got the two of them out there together, but those two kids might be the finest young linebackers that I have ever coached," Sunseri said. He went on to mention the duo's work ethic, attitude, toughness, and leadership. The two are scheduled to start in the Vols new 3-4 base defense. Both flashed in limited time last year, as Johnson made 10 starts and tallied 80 tackles, including seven for loss, while Maggitt started eight games and registered one sack and eight tackles for loss.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 02:10:00 PM