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Rufus Johnson | Defensive Lineman | #59

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/28/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 280
College: Tarleton State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (183) / NO
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The Saints have moved 2013 sixth-round pick Rufus Johnson back to the defensive line.
He's practicing at three-technique tackle in Rob Ryan's sub-packages. Johnson played outside linebacker as a rookie, but is better suited on the line at 6'5/272. He's competing for a roster spot as a nickel and dime pass rusher. Fri, Jun 13, 2014 04:41:00 PM

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Saints agreed to terms with No. 183 overall pick DE/OLB Rufus Johnson on a four-year contract.

Johnson (6-foot-5 1/4, 272) is a bit of a 'tweener for the Saints' 3-4 defense. At small school Tarleton State, Johnson recorded ten sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He'll likely focus on special teams as a rookie.
Thu, May 9, 2013 09:04:00 PM

Saints selected Tarleton State DE Rufus Johnson with the No. 183 overall pick.

Johnson (6-foot-5 1/4, 272) earned 2012 Lone Star Conference D-Lineman of the Year honors after posting 10 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He ran a 4.75 forty with a 1.62 ten-yard split at the pre-draft Super Regional Combine in Dallas. The Saints have recently hit on several small-schoolers and may have found another gem in Johnson. He was plenty productive at the lower level and possesses obvious size and athleticism.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 04:26:00 PM

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