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2025 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Antonio Johnson, DL, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

Antonio Johnson the star defensive lineman from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff recently sat down with Damond Talbot of Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Antonio Johnson 
  • Position: DL
  • College: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 300
  • Twitter: @kvng_aj30
  • Instagram: ajtoofficial10

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2025 NFL Draft?

I have a great IQ for the game. My ability to come off the ball with violent hands creating knock back. For me to be 300 pounds I have great hip bend and great at moving lateral and getting back up field on stunts. I’m able to defeat and take on double teams to we’re either I make the play or my linebackers making the play. I play very well with my hands allowing me to get hands on a OL allowing me to gain control of him and getting rid of him to make the play. And I play this game with an chip on my shoulder. When it’s time for a game changing play I’m gonna be the one to make that play.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

That I’m a very dominant player! And I don’t play this game of football for no reason I play this game because it’s what turned me to a man and shows me a way out. I want them to know they not just getting a player who loves football but who craves football and have hunger for success.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

To create more organizations and youth camps to help kids with school and introducing them to different sports. And just giving them the guidance that they could be anything they want all they have to do is put their minds to it.

Who was your role model?

My pops he always taught no matter how big or small the situation is stay true to your self.

Who is your favorite NFL team?

The Green Bay Packers the best team in nation. I mad Green Bay my team in 2010 when they won the Super Bowl

Who is the most underrated teammate at your school?

Anas Luqman he play DE that men can ball he can bend and move. Before he got hurt in just two games last year he had 4 sacks that tells you a lot about him.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When I person is all bark no bite and when they do bite they should have just keep barking because they actions show why they was barking

Who is your favorite teacher ever?

Mine actually was a councilor name Ms. Powell she keep my in a straight line all through High School.

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?

Just beating the odds coming from a high crime city and witnessing so much at a young age and a lot doubters is what made me a beast within. And football was some I could always run too when I couldn’t run to no one else.

If you could have any franchise restaurant in your house what would it be?

We have a restaurant called Chef Lee they make some of the best hibachi food you would ever taste especially with their signature yum yum sauce.

What is your favorite snack food?

Fried Oreos and milk you can never go wrong with that.

What is your degree in?

My degree is in Business Administration and minor in criminal justice.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Reggie White is one the best DL to ever play the game of football and he play with that fire I feel like play with and he has one of the most accurate moves witch is the club hump and it’s nothing like gaining knowledge from one of the best to do it. Aaron Donald of the most consistent dominate DL to ever touch the field not to mention undersized and underestimated. I love to seat down and learn how did he use natural leverage to his advantage and how to see pass quicker. Steve Spagnuolo when of the best defensive minds in the game. He uses his players very will especially with the blitz he draws up like this year he had an young DB room and veteran front 7 that’s why he sent a lot of pressure to take pressure off his young DB’s by getting the QB moving and making quick judgments.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is not finishing my pass rush move I’m quick to go into my counter move before completely finishing my first move


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