2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Tyler Johnson

Height: 6’2

Weight: 205 lbs


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Tyler Johnson has been a three-year productive receiver for University of Minnesota.  Three-star consensus recruiting prospect out of high school.  Missed some time in 2016 due to an injury.  In this article, we’ll evaluate his mechanics and predict his future as an NFL wide receiver.



What I Like:

Red Zone Threat

Tyler Johnson displays a good ability to create separation quickly at the point of attack on this play.  From there, he fades outside to give his quarterback plenty of room to fit the football, displays a good ability to track the ball in the endzone, and highpoint the ball for the touchdown.  I really like Johnson’s awareness to get both feet down in the endzone as well.



What I Dislike:

Concentration On Easy Catches

This is just a simple slant route with a stutter-step at the top of the route.  Johnson displays his separation quickness and does get open for the pass.  Unfortunately, Johnson wasn’t able to haul in this simple pitch-and-catch pass from his quarterback.  If Tyler Johnson wants to stick around in the NFL, he’ll need to improve on his consistency.



Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Ball Tracking And Catch In Traffic

Tyler Johnson won’t burn defenders off the line of scrimmage, but he does display a solid ability to fight through pressure, especially here at the point of attack.  The quarterback puts this ball where only Johnson can make a play on it, and he’s able to bring it in to put Minnesota on the cusp of the goal line.



Overall Breakdown

Has good height and solid weight for the wide receiver position.  Displays solid acceleration and top speed.  Has solid balance to remain upright along sidelines.  Isn’t asked to run an expanded route tree, but does appear to have capabilities to do so.  Shows to have solid acceleration off the line of scrimmage to fight through press coverages.  Displays solid use of hands off line of scrimmage and throughout stem to fight through tight coverage and get upfield quickly.  Displays solid footwork at top of route to manipulate defender and create space.  Relies heavily on solid footwork and use of hands rather than speed to create separation at top of route.  Has a good ability to locate the ball at the top of route and catch quick passes.  Displays a good ability to track and locate the ball in the endzone.  Shows to have a good ability to adjust and catch passes that are out of his normal catch radius.  Displays a solid ability to keep his feet inbounds when catching passes in the endzone or along the sidelines.  Displays a good ability to catch low balls that he has to dive for.  Has a good ability to change directions and get upfield quickly on designed running plays and end arounds.  Displays a good ability to read and diagnose the field quickly once he catches the ball.  Has a solid ability to keep his feet moving in traffic and fight for more yardage.  Displays a solid ability to catch passes in traffic and doesn’t show to hear footsteps when a defender is near.  Shows to have a solid ability to anticipate a defenders movement and establish leverage when asked to block downfield.

Displays an adequate ability to concentrate on ball and catch easy passes in the flat or middle of field.  Shows to have an adequate ability to read field and pickup blocking assignments when asked to be a lead blocker downfield or in the flats. Asked to run short and intermediate routes for Minnesota.  He appears to have capabilities to run and expanded route tree, but it could take him time to polish his route running.


2020 NFL Draft Projection

Mid-Second to Early-Third Round

Tyler Johnson shows abilities to play outside receiver, but could be drafted with the intention of moving him to the slot receiver position.  His performance in the NFL Combine should help clear things up as we get closer to the NFL Draft, but look for him to make noise as we progress through the draft process.

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