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Quinn Johnson (FB)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 246
College: LSU
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Edgard, LA
High School: West St. John
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Selected by: Green Bay Packers
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 9 (145)
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Pick Analysis: The former Tiger is a downhill lead blocker with good power and toughness. He excels at blowing linebackers out of the hole and is a throwback at the position. He will compete for the right to open holes for Ryan Grant next season.
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Overview

With Jacob Hester having graduated, Johnson, a former linebacker, finally got the opportunity to be the Tigers' full-time starter at fullback in 2008. Before the 2006 season, the coaches approached the then sophomore and asked him to move to the offensive side of the ball. He was reluctant to make the move, but the staff promised that he would get much more playing time than he did during a trying freshman season on defense.


Johnson loves to hit, so lead blocking for the Tigers' physical running game turned out to be a perfect fit. Despite playing on a team that featured standout offensive linemen like Herman Johnson and Ciron Black, he ranked second on the team with 11 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2008.


At West St. John High School, Johnson was regarded as one of the top prep linebackers in the state. He was a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen as well as being selected to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip list. He earned All-District honors in 2002 after making 122 tackles.


Along with present LSU teammate defensive lineman Tyson Jackson, Johnson helped lead his team to a 14-1 record and the state Class 2A championship in 2003. He also saw action at fullback, rushing for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.


In 2004, Johnson red-shirted at Louisiana State, where he competed on the scout team as an outside linebacker. He appeared in just one contest the following season, recording one solo tackle in the Mississippi State. He shifted to fullback in 2006, appearing in 12 games, but carried just twice for 6 yards.


With Hester shuffling between fullback and tailback in 2007, Johnson had the opportunity to start four of the 14 games he appeared in. He did not get a chance to carry the ball, but caught three balls for 21 yards and posted 35 knockdowns.


Johnson started 10 games as a senior. He scored three times on 14 rushing attempts, producing 28 yards (2.0 avg). He registered 72 knockdowns and caught a pair of passes for 33 yards. He also recovered two onside kicks for 14 yards in returns.


High School

Attended West St. John (Edgard, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Laury Dupont...Regarded as one of the top prep linebackers in the state...Member of the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen as well as being selected to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip list...Earned All-District honors in 2002 after making 122 tackles...Along with present LSU teammate defensive lineman Tyson Jackson, Johnson helped lead his team to a 14-1 record and the state Class 2A championship in 2003...Also saw action at fullback, rushing for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.


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Analysis

Positives: Compact, thick build with good arm length. Lines up in the I-formation and as an H-back. Lowers his shoulder, delivers a good pop and brings his hips against linebackers in the hole. Can be a missile when decisive on who he will hit. Willing special teamer with good straight-line speed for his size.


Negatives: Only adequate height for the position. Lacks flexibility needed to adjust to linebackers and safeties at the second level. Likes to hit his target, but fails to use his hands to ride him out of the play or sustain the block. Hesitates to find a target at times when no one comes into his area. Very inconsistent hands out of the backfield; not a natural receiver. Lacks elusiveness in the open field, although his size makes him tough for defensive backs to bring down. Will hit, but usually not wrap, returners in the open field.


Compares To: LOUSAKA POLITE, Miami -- Like Polite, Johnson is a punishing inside lead blocker who loves to hit. He lacks any sort of running or receiving skills, which will limit how a team will use him, as most now regard the classic fullback as an endangered species. With his marginal speed and tight hips, he can't be used as an H-Back or in the slot with much success. However, if you need someone to consistently clear the rush lanes, he is the best doing that coming out of college.


Injury Report

No major injuries reported, but could not complete agility tests at the NFL Combine due to a shoulder injury.


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