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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Josh Johnson
John Tuvey
April 21, 2008
Quarterback - San Diego

Combine Height: 6-3
Combine Weight: 213
Combine 40 Time: 4.55

Threw for 2,988 yards and 43 touchdowns, with one interception (yes, one; that’s not a typo) and a gaudy 68.4 completion percentage.

Skill Set:
The athletic Johnson decimated lower-level competition to the tune of a career 68.2 completion percentage, 113 touchdown passes (against 14 interceptions) and another 17 rushing scores in three years as a starter. His 1,822 rushing yards suggest he can move a little bit as well as throw, and playing under former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh helped him pick up plenty of good habits; scouts rave about his footwork, and his accuracy is evident by the completion percentage.

Johnson’s MVP showing at the Senior Bowl answered some questions about how he’d fare against better competition, and his experience in a pro offense gives him a leg up as he begins to digest an NFL playbook. Couple that with his athleticism and accuracy and he’s a West Coast offense coordinator’s dream. Scouts compare him favorably to Tarvaris Jackson, saying he’s farther along in his development—though some may consider that merely faint praise.

Possible Destinations:
Just how much did that Senior Bowl showing elevate Johnson’s stock? Enough for the Seahawks to tab him late in Round Two as the heir to Matt Hasselbeck? Do the Packers spend one of their pair of late second-round selections on Johnson as Aaron Rodgers insurance? Or do the Vikings give Jackson some competition with one of their two third-rounders? How about the Bucs, where Jon Gruden loves to collect quarterbacks and Jeff Garcia isn’t getting any younger? Yep, just about every team with a WCO and a couple years to groom a successor will be eyeballing Johnson Sunday morning as the third round opens Day Two of the draft.

Fantasy Impact:
Obviously, those in a redraft league don’t want the word “developmental” associated with anyone on their roster; as such, Johnson’s immediate fantasy value heading into 2008 is nil. That said, with an upside along the lines of Garcia or Donovan McNabb—mobile quarterbacks in WCO systems—dynasty leaguers could do worse that clearing a spot at the end of their bench for Johnson… then exercising plenty of patience.

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