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Ben Johnson

SELECTED BY DALLAS , ROUND 7, PICK 15, OVERALL PICK 216
OT | (6-6, 329, 5.3) | Wisconsin
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Cousin, Al Johnson, was the team's starting center and 15 months older than Ben. Both cousins enrolled in 1998 and redshirted. Ben lettered in '99, started eight games at left tackle and one game at right tackle in 2000 and took all but one offensive snap at left tackle in '01. Did not miss a start last fall and started 29 consecutive games for the Badgers, never missing a start in 50 games. Backup long-snapper. Named second-team All-Big Ten in '01.

Positives: Has NFL tackle size and handled long-snapping duties in college at times. Is quick to get into position as a run blocker and sustains his blocks. Has a strong hand punch, initial quickness, a big, bubble butt and thick legs. Has long 35-inch arms. Can play right or left tackle, but is probably best-suited for the right side in the NFL. Strong at the point of attack. Good run blocker. Coaches say he may be better than former Badger and 2000 first-round selection Chris McIntosh. Can long-snap and play on the left side if needed.

Negatives: Doesn't have the foot quickness, flexibility or agility to play on the left side in the NFL, nor is pass blocking his strength. Could do a better job of adjusting in space and needs to play with more bend. Will overextend, get top-heavy and lose power. Lunges. Not great on the second level. Struggles vs. speed rushers. Does not always finish his blocks or show a mean streak.

Summary: Probably not quick enough to be a left tackle, but he has everything scouts look for in a right tackle and can be a dominating player if he learns to get nasty.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.