On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers signed fifth-round draft choice Quinn Johnson, fullback from LSU.
The signing leaves the Packers with only two unsigned picks – first-rounders B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews Jr.
As part of Total Packers’ ongoing profiles of draft pick signees, we’ll take a look a Quinn Johnson. You can check out our profiles of offensive linemen T.J. Lang and Jamon Meredith here. You can check out our profiles of Jarius Wynn, Brandon Underwood and Brad Jones here.
Johnson is a bruiser, plain and simple. He was converted from linebacker to fullback at LSU and he’s certainly demonstrated he knows how to hit a linebacker.
The knock on Johnson, who is 6-1, 246 pounds, is his lack of demonstrated ability to run or catch the ball. He carried the football only 16 times in four years at LSU, and caught only five passes. Still, the Packers will look to turn Johnson into a William Henderson clone, and Hondo was a threat not only to knock a linebacker on his ass, but to run one over after he caught the ball.
Johnson is said to have trouble adapting to block safeties, but he certainly can knock defensive linemen and linebackers backwards, which is primarily what he’ll be asked to do. Johnson may not start immediately, but he could well challenge Korey Hall for the Packers’ starting fullback spot this year.
- SI.com analysis of Quinn Johnson
- NFL.com analysis of Quinn Johnson
Check out Johnson (No. 45) opening holes for Charles Scott vs. Auburn in 2008.
Here’s Johnson running over North Texas for a touchdown.