Austin Johnson, Penn State
We’re moving into second round territory now with a player who could be an anchor at nose tackle for the Packers. Austin Johnson is an example of a dominant defensive lineman who could fall lower in the draft due to so much talent at the position in the draft.
Johnson is a powerful player who could be plugged in at the heart of the Green Bay defensive line. When watching the tape, you see a man that simply dominates against the run. He has drawn some comparisons to the Bears’ Eddie Goldman, who is fresh off an excellent rookie campaign in John Fox’s 3-4 defense.
The Packers need to upgrade their run defense. Part of this will be bolstering the group of inside linebackers, which has been an area of need for some time now. But improving in the trenches would also go a long way to stuffing opponent’s ground games.
Johnson has fallen to the Packers in the second round in a number of mock drafts and there’s a good chance it happens in the real thing. In Green Bay, he could come in and play nose tackle early on, giving the Packers a much-needed boost against the run.
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