2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Texas WR Collin 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.

Collin Johnson

Height: 6’6

Weight: 220 lbs

 

2019 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watchlist
2019 All-Big 12 Preseason Selection by Phil Steele
2018 Biletnikoff Award, Wuerffel Trophy, and Walter Camp Award Watchlist Selections

 

Four-Star recruiting prospect by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN.  Three-year starter for University of Texas.  Has contributed primarily as an outside receiver, but does see some time in the slot.  Johnson missed some time in 2019 due to a hamstring injury.

 

 

What I Like:

Route Running Ability 

This play, even though it’s quite simple’s a nice display of Collin Johnson’s route running ability.  He shows good awareness and capabilities to manipulate coverage and create separation throughout the stem.  Johnson displays good sudden quickness to then create separation at the top of the route, giving his quarterback plenty of space to fit the ball.

 

 

What I Dislike:

Effort and Competitive Toughness

I’d like to see more of an effort from Collin Johnson to make a play on the ball here. The defender does a great job of keeping the window tight, which forces a bad pass from the quarterback. Nonetheless, I’d like to see Collin Johnson use more of his body to box out the defender and get his hands on the ball. Johnson has good acceleration off the Line of Scrimmage, as well as solid footwork to manipulate the coverage, but fails to make the catch.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Tracking The Ball Downfield

As highlighted on this play, Collin Johnson has a solid route running ability. I’ve seen quite a bit of improvement in this trait, and there’s reason to believe that it’s only going to get better. I’d still like to see better use of hands to fight through pressure at the Line of Scrimmage, but there is a solid base of traits to build from.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Has a very good height and weight for the receiver position.  Displays good quickness off LOS, which he uses to take the top off of defenses. Shows to have solid lateral agility off the LOS.  Displays a solid ability to run routes efficiently and has solid awareness to manipulate coverage through head fakes and footwork.  Has good speed throughout the stem to get upfield quickly.  Has solid footwork to stop and change direction quickly.  Displays a solid ability to create space at the top of the route.  Shows to have a good ability to create space along the sidelines and outside the numbers.  Displays a solid ability to locate and track the ball downfield, even in traffic.  Has a solid ability to catch balls that are away from his body.  Displays a solid ability to sit on routes and find open areas in zone coverage.  Has a solid ability as an inline blocker from the slot to drive through defenders and create running lanes for the ball carrier.

Displays adequate use of hands at the line of scrimmage to fight through press coverage.  Has an adequate ability to create separation throughout stem.  Shows to have an adequate ability to catch the ball in traffic.  Has a marginal use of hands at the point of attack to establish leverage when asked to block.  Displays a marginal ability as a downfield blocker, as he has a marginal ability to set his feet, establish balance, and drive through the defender.

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Second to Third Round

Collin Johnson will likely hear his name called on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft.  I like the upside that Johnson has, but there are certainly flaws in his game as well.  A team that is looking to draft him will likely play him in specific situations as they groom him to have more of an impact on the offense.  Collin Johnson does appear to have the capabilities to play the outside receiver position, but would likely be looked at as a WR2 or WR3 position.

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