Scout Analysis: DT Ed Johnson

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Get the generic background and stats on Ed Johnson from practically any source...or get the real scoop on him from someone who has watched him develop since his redshirt freshman year. Our Scout.com network's Penn State team expert, Mark Brennan, shares his insight on a rookie who is trying to claim Anthony McFarland's starting job in Indy.

Battling for a spot on the Colts defensive line as an undrafted free agent, former Penn State defensive tackle Ed Johnson may have the talent to at minimum land a job on the practice squad, but does he have the maturity?

The talented, 6-foot-2, 296-pound defensive lineman missed the entire 2005 season and school year after being found responsible for two violations of Penn State's "University Code of Conduct" for an incident that occurred in on-campus housing during the spring, 2005 semester. And he followed that up by violating an unspecified team rule during his senior year that resulted in head coach Joe Paterno suspending him from playing in the Outback Bowl.

He's not the typical player that the Colts pursue from a maturity perspective, but he sure is perfect for the Tampa 2 defensive scheme. Johnson thrives in a one-gap style of defense, showing an uncanny quickness at the snap of the ball.  He becomes a troublesome intruder for his opponents, particularly against the run.

Based on his off-the-field history, Johnson is clearly a player who could benefit from the leadership of Tony Dungy and his staff, who treat their players as men and hold them accountable for their actions.  If he responds to their leadership, the Colts will have pulled in yet another high-value player for their system without the expenditure of a draft pick.

For more insight on Ed Johnson as a player and person, we turned to our Scout.com Penn State team expert -- Mark Brennan from FightOnState.com -- who watched Johnson develop as a redshirt freshman through his senior year. Scout.com subscribers can listen to his unique insight during this 3-minute audio by clicking this link:

And you can read past features on Ed Johnson by clicking the story links on his Scout.com player profile page.

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