Former LSU Tigers defensive tackle Anthony Johnson was widely-viewed as the underclassmen most likely to declare for the NFL draft heading into the 2013 season, but when he explained his reason to leave after a so-so junior season, it may raise more than a few eyebrows.
Anthony Johnson on decision to turn pro: “I met with my mom and Coach Miles, and I felt like I had done all I could do at #LSU.”
— Ben Love (@BenLoveTSD) February 22, 2014
Did he really do all he could at LSU? No, he did not.
He didn’t win a national championship, he didn’t win the SEC defensive player of the year, he wasn’t even a first-team All-SEC defender and isn’t viewed as a first round pick for May’s draft.
Johnson certainly has a lot of potential because of his athleticism, but he did not have a great junior season which had a lot of LSU fans hoping he’d return for his senior season and become more of a leader.
To me it sounds like he is ready to get paid and he made a business decision to declare for the draft and put LSU in the rear-view mirror. He is projected to be drafted in the late second round-third round mix.
If that’s accomplishing all that he can do in college, then he’s an underachiever who didn’t capitalize on the elite coaching LSU has on defense to turn his potential into production.
Here’s video of Johnson speaking at the combine courtesy of Ben Love.