Tulane Sack Monster Patrick Johnson of Chattanooga Prepares For NFL Draft
The NFL draft starts one week from Thursday, and Chattanooga’s Patrick Johnson expects to hear his name called.
The former Notre Dame high school standout has a coveted talent.
He can get after the quarterback.
Johnson proved to be a nightmare for teams to block during his college days at Tulane.
Coming at of Notre Dame, Patrick Johnson had no clue what position he’d play at Tulane.
Said Johnson:”It was actually crazy. I was recruited as an athlete coming out of high school. Actually when I got to Tulane, I actually didn’t know what position I was really going to play. They actually had me for offense too.”
But once he finally settled in as an edge rusher….
Said Johnson:”I found something I was really good at, and I took off and ran with it for sure.”
And Johnson felt his coming out party came as a sophomore against the Ohio State.
Said Johnson:”I was going against guys that were former five stars. Top rated draft picks and stuff like that, so when I realized I was able to go out there and compete at a high level with them and still dominate. That’s when I knew for sure that like my confidence level really went up.”
Johnson became Tulane’s all time sacks leader last year, finishing with 24 and-a-half career sacks.
Said Johnson:”I didn’t know I was that close until actually after my junior year. They’re like, you know you’re only like seven away. So when I heard that, I was like oh man, I’ve got to run up and check then. (chuckles) I did it pretty much in fashion. I had a three sack game versus ECU because I knew going into that game, I could break the record. It was a great feeling and a good accomplishment.”
Johnson says he ran a sub 4.6 forty at his pro day.
Not bad for a guy that weighs 250 pounds.
Said Johnson:”They most definitely see me as a great pass rusher at the NFL level. They know that I can bring a lot of energy to a team and a lot of versatility. I’m a very versatile player. I can cover. I can play off the ball. I can rush. I can play special teams. So when these teams see that, they know that I can bring a lot to the team.”