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Mock Monitor: 8.0


Things appear to be calming down a bit on the Mock Monitoras we draw closer to the 2012 NFL Draft. Stanford tight end Coby Fleener has become less and less of a projection for the Falcons at the No. 55 spot and we're seeing a smattering of picks and positions among the mocks.

Relatively unseen in the Mock Monitorfor the past eight weeks is Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson, who finishes this week in a two-way tie with Clemson TE Dwayne Allen as the consensus pick.

With 12 sacks during his four-year career at Virginia, Johnson's highest sack total came in his junior year when he tallied five quarterback takedowns. As National Football Post points out, "He displays the ability to at least threaten the edge on his pass rush, but he's a little tight struggles to really drop his pad level around the edge. He will get upright and can easily be pushed past the play."

Still, Johnson's size and athletic abilities make him an intriguing selection for any team staring him down on their draft boards. At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, Johnson is darn near prototypical for his position, and one thing is for sure: you can't coach size.

In the mix with Clemson's Andre Branch and Marshall's Vinny Curry as likely second-round defensive ends, Johnson could be as solid a pick as any around No. 55 overall.

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