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Senior Bowl Q&A: James-Michael Johnson
Scout caught up with the California native this week in advance of today's kickoff at Ladd-Peebles Stadium:
Scout: What has this week been like for you?
Johnson: "It's been really cool. It's been a learning experience. I learned a lot in a short period of time. I'm playing Mike linebacker. It's not totally different, but the terminology is a lot different."
Scout: What have the practices been like?
Johnson: "Oh man, the tempo is different. Everything is real quick. You move through drills real fast. I like it. It gets you more engaged in practices. At my school, practices are really intense all the time."
Scout: What kind of impression do you think you've made this week?
Johnson: "I try to show them that I can pick up the defense, command the huddle and lead the defense and I'm a good person. I'm showing my talents. I hit a couple people, a couple of linemen."
Scout: How much did what Colin Kaepernick and Virgil Green did last year in the NFL draft encourage you?
Johnson: "It helps a lot, seeing somebody I've known for three our four years, seeing their dreams come true. It gives me confidence that my dream can come true. I know how hard they worked to get there."
Scout: What's your goal for the game itself?
Johnson: "I want to fly around, make as many plays as I can, read the offenses and lead the defense."
Scout: Did you meet with a high number of teams?
Johnson: "I met with probably about 15 teams. I met a few general managers and head coaches. They said they wanted to get to know me, see what kind of person I am."
Scout: What kind of player and person will the NFL be getting with you?
Johnson: "I'm a guy who loves to work hard. I'm a competitor who loves to play the game of football and loves to do whatever he can to get better. I plan to continue to do that. I'm a three-down linebacker. My versatility can help a lot. I can play Mike or Wolf. I love playing football, I love playing linebacker."
Scout: What's your best 40-yard dash time and bench press test numbers?
BR> Johnson: "The best time I ran was a hand-timed 4.6 last spring. In the 225 bench test, the most I ever did was 23 reps. I've been working out at Athletes Performance in Los Angeles. I hope to run a 4.6 to a 4.7 at the combine."
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