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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Guard Mike Johnson -- He's a big sturdy football player who has a lot of pop in his blocks. Showed at Alabama that he could climb to the next level and block athletic linebackers. A closer look at the Falcons' picks:
Round 3/98 -- Mike Johnson, OG, 6-6, 312, Alabama: Established a school record when he played against Texas in the 2010 BCS title game, as it was his 54th game for the Crimson Tide. As a starter, he recorded 264 knockdowns or key blocks, 39 touchdown-resulting blocks and 18 downfield blocks. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Mike Johnson News
08/25/14 - T Mike Johnson was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Johnson suffered what the team said was a foot injury during the first possession of the exhibition game against the Titans on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome. Johnson, selected by the Falcons in the third round of the 2010 draft out of Alabama, also missed the 2013 season after suffering a broken fibula and dislocated left ankle during training camp.
The Falcons already lost starting left tackle Sam Baker to a season-ending knee injury on Aug. 16. That prompted the Falcons to move rookie Jake Matthews, the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, from right to left tackle and have Johnson and Lamar Holmes compete to start at right tackle.
Johnson's injury makes it likely Holmes will open the season as the starting right tackle. Holmes struggled in 2013 while starting 12 games at left tackle in place of Baker and three games at right tackle.
The other tackles on the roster are Pat McQuistan, Gabe Carimi, Ryan Schraeder and Terren Jones
08/24/14 - OL Mike Johnson was placed on reserve/injured by the Falcons Sunday (Aug. 24).
08/22/14 - OL Mike Johnson suffered a foot injury in the first quarter Saturday. Johnson was injured while blocking as the tight end in the "jumbo" short-yardage formation during the Falcons' opening possession of the game. Ryan Schraeder replaced Johnson in that role. Johnson is in competition with Lamar Holmes for the starting right tackle position. Rookie Jake Matthews, the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, opened training camp as the starting right tackle but shifted to the left side after Sam Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.
08/15/14 - OL Mike Johnson is in a battle to save his NFL career. Just last summer, he was winning the competition for the starting right tackle spot until he suffered a season-ending ankle injury against the Bengals in the preseason. Now, he's trying to find a spot as a reserve. "I'm just trying to battle in this good group for a spot," said Johnson, who was a third-round pick in 2010. "We have a lot of guys who've played a lot of good football. It's going to be tough to make the team."
03/10/14 - OL Mike Johnson signed a one-year contract. He was scheduled to be a restricted free agent.
Johnson appeared to be on track to be the starting right tackle last season, but at training camp he fractured his fibula and dislocated his left ankle. Johnson missed the entire 2013 season.
Johnson (6-foot-6, 304 pounds) was selected by the Falcons in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He has played in 18 games with one start during his four seasons in Atlanta.
Johnson saw his most extensive action in 2012, playing in all 16 games with one start.