Written by Matthew Cannata
Anthony Johnson, defensive tackle from LSU, was a pretty good player at the college level. However, due to a failed drug test at the NFL Combine, he went from being a projected middle round draft pick to not being drafted at all. Leading up to the draft, the Miami Dolphins showed some interest in him and while they didn’t select him with an official draft pick, they didn’t wait long to sign him after as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Now, some are saying that the Dolphins could have gotten a steal after signing him. Johnson, who went back to Louisiana recently to help out with a youth football clinic, answered some questions after practice and gave some insight to his approach and goals in the NFL so far.
“It’s a blessing. Throughout the whole process, things haven’t gone the way I necessarily wanted them to go but I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a great organization with the Miami Dolphins. I’m going to be the best that I can possibly be. It’s been great playing behind Randy Starks and Cameron Wake and learning from them,” he said.
Johnson isn’t the only player drafted out of LSU. He is joined by wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who was selected in the second round and Johnson had nothing but praise for him.
"Jarvis is the man and he's my brother. We have Hartline and Wallace but Jarvis is a star in the making. People need to be looking out for him as the rookie of the year."
The Dolphins are stacked on the defensive line but Johnson could play a huge role in the coming years with Jared Odrick in his contract year and Starks only on a two-year deal. If Johnson can prove that he can handle the NFL at a high level, he might find a spot on the Dolphins roster for years to come.