Former Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson isn’t be talked about much as one of the top players at his position entering this year’s NFL Draft. He’s projected to be selected somewhere between the third and fifth rounds, a solid projection but not pushing the top of a loaded wide receiver class.
Johnson is tabbed as the No. 19 wide receiver in this year’s class, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. Overall, the draft expert has pegged the ex-Gopher as the No. 123 player available in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Those rankings seem low for a player who led the B1G in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,318) and touchdown catches (13). All of those totals ranked in the top 12 nationally, as well.
Adding to Johnson’s impressive stat line from the 2019 season is one interesting nugget from Pro Football Focus. According to the site, Johnson graded at a 94.7 against single coverage since 2017. That is the highest grade among all NFL Draft wide receivers in the 2020 class.
Minnesota's Tyler Johnson: 94.7 grade vs single coverage since 2017.
1st among NFL Draft WRs pic.twitter.com/2RLTmeDvtB
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 21, 2020
Pretty insane for a player who barely cracks the top 20 at his position group.
Johnson proved to be a reliable target in a high-powered Gopher offense each of the last three seasons. He flourished under head coach P.J. Fleck and returned to Minnesota for the 2019 season, despite having the opportunity to enter the draft in 2018.
Johnson leaves Minnesota with 3,305 yards and 33 touchdowns on 213 catches. He helped lead the Gophers to an 11-2 record in 2019 and concluded his career with a monster performance in a win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl, totaling 12 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns.