3. Michael Johnson: Third year defensive end Michael Johnson had a breakout year in 2012. His 11.5 sacks saw a large increase compared to 6 sacks in 2011. Along with his 52 tackles, Johnson picked off a pass in a game against Cleveland. Cincinnati's defense has shown signs of improvement, and they will need him back if they wish to stay in Super Bowl contention. At 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, Michael Johnson has the size needed to succeed in the NFL.