Expectations: OL Mike Johnson

Part One: DT Vance Walker
Part Two: LB Robert James
Part Three: DE Lawrence Sidbury
Part Four: Safety Thomas DeCoud

I wanted to see exactly which current or former NFL player Falcons’ draftees have been compared to. Using the data from CBS Sports, I took a look at the 26 draft picks the Falcons have made in the Dimitroff-Smith era and reviewed their NFL comparison according to the experts at CBS.

Hit the jump to read who is dissected in part five of our series.

Today’s Expectation Breakdown: OL Mike Johnson

Johnson was a mild surprise pickup since everyone thought the Falcons would be addressing their defensive end needs. In hindsight, it was a brilliant move. Three Falcons’ lineman will be up for free agency next year and Johnson is being groomed to step in at one of the guard positions.

NFL Comparison (when drafted): Justin Smiley

Smiley, an Alabama alum and Georgia native, was a second round selection by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004. He started 77% of the games alternating guard positions before signing a free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins in 2008. He started 75% of the games for the Dolphins but was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in May.

What It Means

I covered Johnson in-depth here but the tl:dr version is he’s a player. I fully expect him to be in the starting lineup in 2011. He might even see time this season if the line struggles. The Smiley comparison makes sense (Alabama products) but Johnson has the talent to surpass him.

You as high on Mike as I am?

Other Mike Johnson News from the Falcons Nation:

From the AJC: Falcons: 5 Key position Battles

From The Bird Cage: Could Johnson take over for Blalock?

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