With the 183rd overall pick in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected Tarleton State defensive end Rufus Johnson.
The Saints went defense with their final scheduled pick in the 2013 Draft. I wasn't able to find an Associated Press photo of Johnson and I've never heard of Tarleton State. There's not a lot of info on Johnson out there, but the Saints must have seen something they liked in him before the draft. I'll be interested to hear what Payton says about him in his press conference later today. Have the Saints found another diamond in the rough or will Johnson struggle just to make the practice squad?
Here's a LINK to Johnson's Tarleton State player profile page.
Here's some info on the Johnson from NFL Draft Scouts:
2012 LONE STAR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Rufus Johnson, Tarleton State...Johnson, who also earned first team defense honors, led the Texans with 10.0 sacks and 17.5 tackles-for-loss this season. The Dallas native ranked second in the LSC in both categories and was eighth in the nation in TFL (2.06/game). His 1.12 sacks per game average ranked No. 9 in the nation as well.
Here's a little more from Gil Brandt at NFL.com:
Rufus Johnson, DE (6-foot-4 1/2, 266 pounds) — Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 and 4.78 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.64 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.69 seconds. Johnson will be going to Seattle and San Diego for visits with the Seahawks and Chargers, respectively. He has also been encouraged to work out at Texas State’s pro day on March 26, which should be well-attended since the University of Texas will be hosting its pro day that same day (Texas’ will be held in the morning, while Texas State’s pro day will be conducted in the afternoon.
Below is a video highlighting Johnson's play vs. North Alabama.