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Marcus Johnson OL Ole Miss 66 320
By: Robert Davis

Marcus Johnson was one of the more dependable and durable lineman in college football over the past four seasons. He started 48 games in his career, and it began during his freshman season. He was a freshman All American for his play at right guard. He remained at right guard for most of his career, but moved out to tackle for a few games as a senior. He was an All-SEC member during his senior season.

Johnson has a lot of upside at the next level. As a guard, he displays the ability to dominate at the point of attack in the running game. If he gets his hands on the lineman, the lineman is eliminated from making a play. Johnson also shows good agility in a short area and is a good pass blocker. He will battle until the play is over. He spent a little time at tackle as a senior, so he potentially brings the versatility of playing guard or tackle at the next level.

His size and all around ability may make you think he is a tackle, but he is not a great athlete. He may not be able to line up on the outside of the line and match up with the athleticism of ends in the NFL.

Some teams will view Johnson as a right tackle, others will view him as a guard. That will probably be the ultimate factor of where he is drafted. Tackles are put at more of a premium than guards, so if a team falls in love with him, he may hear his name called near the end of the first round. He carries a second round grade on my board, and should have a successful NFL career, whether at guard or tackle.

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