Lions claim another ex-Chief

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Apparently still not satisfied with the size and depth along the defensive front, today Martin Mayhew claimed former Chiefs DE Brian Johnston.  Johnston was a 2008 seventh-round pick out of I-AA Gardner-Webb.  The 6'-4", 269-pounder likely made a poor fit for new Chiefs DC Clancy Prendergast's 3-4 scheme.  Johnston finished his college career as the Big South Conference's all-time leader in sacks (21) and tackles for loss (55.5).  Though he started his freshman year at outside linebacker, he started every game of his sophomore, junior, and senior years at DE.  Johnston neatly fits the prototype of Gunther Cunningham's new scheme: 255-270 pounder, pass rusher's body, should be able to line up wide with a hand down and get to the quarterback.  Gunther got to see plenty of Johnston last year while running Kansas City's defense, so he must have seen something he likes.  Still, Johnston will ultimately represent one more log on top of the "almost-but-not-quite" logjam on the defensive line. Discuss it here, in The Den!