Written By: J.J. Murphy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added several key new additions this offseason, including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The Buccaneers also added depth to the roster, with the addition of Tristan Wirfs and Antoine Winfield Jr.; however, they stole the fifth round when they drafted wide receiver, Tyler Johnson, from The University of Minnesota. Due to his large stature at 6’4” and 206 pounds, he has the potential to have a lot of playing time and could be a reliable target for Tom Brady. With the third receiver spot wide open, Johnson will have the opportunity to show his potential right off the bat.
During Johnson’s career at Minnesota University, he had 213 receptions, 3,305 receiving yards,16 100-yard receiving games, and 33 receiving touchdowns. He currently holds a majority of the records at Minnesota for a wide receiver, shattering all of Eric Decker’s records. Johnson had six drops, which were unfortunate for his game, but he is able to high point the football and make catches when needed. He is a tough runner after the catch, and he has good vision in the open field. Brady will most likely use him as his slot guy when he needs a short big play. He has impressive speed that could be seen while he played in college; however, many were not able to witness this since he did not participate in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
How did Tampa end up finding this gem in the fifth round?
Many expected him to possibly go in the second or third round due to his college tape. One of the teams that were looking at him was the Philadelphia Eagles. There were 12 wide receivers drafted before him, but he could be one of the top five wide receivers to come out of the 2020 NFL Draft Class. He will be teaming up with Pro Bowl wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, creating some tough competition. Johnson’s goal this season will be to show why he can be a reliable target this season,