Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Receiving Plenty of Attention Usc's Johnson Projected as Top Pick in Nfldraft

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Receiving Plenty of Attention Usc's Johnson Projected as Top Pick in Nfldraft

Article excerpt

Keyshawn Johnson once handed out helmets to football players.

Now, the former Southern Cal ballboy, who went on to stardom with the Pacific 10 Conference school, is ready to start catching footballs in the National Football League.

Johnson is being touted by some as the probable top draft pick in April, a selection held by the New York Jets. He met with representatives of the Jets this weekend at the NFL scouting combine, as well as many other teams, and said he has no preference over who selects him when the draft begins April 20.

"I'll play for anybody. I don't care who it is," he said in a break from the tedious three-day routine of the combine. "If New York wants to take me No. 1, then I will be more than glad to go to New York. If the (Oakland) Raiders want me to stay in California, I'll be glad to go with the Raiders. …

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