As former Florida guard Carl Johnson discussed the strengths of Athletic & Personal Development program, one gave reason for pause.
First impressions. It’s likely something the gregarious Johnson won’t need much help with. The rest, they’re working on.
Johnson has been in Bradenton training at IMG since Jan. 3, two days after his Florida career ended in the Outback Bowl. Like most preparing for the NFL draft in April, Johnson has a strength and a position coach. He’s also working with a speed coach as well as receiving instruction on interviews with media and coaches.
“I don’t really think it’s a gap,” he said. “The same things we’re doing here, I have done for five years at Florida.”
Johnson said his top priority to dropping some weight. The 6-foot-6 Johnson said he’s currently 348 pounds and needs to drop to 330 or 335. Working out three times a day is helping, and Johnson is hoping getting to an optimal playing weight will show NFL his discipline.
He said he’s been projected as being drafted anywhere from the third to the sixth round. He’ll have a chance to prove himself in the Texas vs. The Nation game, as well as the NFL combine and Florida’s pro day.
“Because of his size and his natural ability, he’s going to be a very intriguing prospect,” said Trevor Moawad, director of Athletic & Personal Development program. “He’s got the size. He’s got the athleticism. He’s got the tools that NFL teams are looking for.”