Theo Johnson - TE - Penn State

Johnson has everything you want in a rookie TE to be successful in the NFL. Has good size, works well as a receiver and has good technical ability. His stats in college might put off some teams, but he has shown his ability to make plays at the next level.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 6″

Weight: 259 lbs

Age: 23

40-yard dash: 4.57s

3-cone drill: 7.15s

20-yard shuttle: 4.19s

Vertical Jump: 39.5″

Broad Jump: 10’5″

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceivingRushingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
2020Penn StateBig TenFRTE745614.0000045614.00
*2021Penn StateBig TenSOTE131921311.210001921311.21
*2022Penn StateBig TenSO112032816.440002032816.44
*2023Penn StateBig TenSRTE133434110.070003434110.07
CareerPenn State7793812.2120007793812.212
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/7/2024.

Notable Headlines

Johnson was a 4-star recruit out of high school, opting to play his college football with Penn State. In his freshman season, he was only able to play in 7 games, catching 4 passes for 56 yards. In his 2021 and 2022 seasons, he was more involved, playing in 24 games catching 39 passes for 541 yards and catching 5 TDs. In his senior season he had hit best season, catching 34 passes for 341 yards and 7 TDs.

Scouting Report

Positives

Johnson has good hands, and reliable in contested catches in the middle of the field, and wins against defenders. He can make plays with the ball in his hands and gets up to speed quickly. Has prototypical size and strength, which gives him an advantage against weak defenders. He can be moved around the formation too, and doesn’t look out of place lining up wide as a receiver.

Negatives

Raw route runner, and wasn’t asked to run many routes in college. He can struggle at times in pass protection, getting his body in the wrong position and getting overpowered. At the next level, that could get worse against some defensive ends he is going to meet in the NFL.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 3

Landing Spots

Johnson has a good profile, good athlete who looks good with the ball in his hands. Able to line up wherever he is needed too. A 3rd round selection feels about right. The landing spot is going to be key, as he is going to need a team that is happy to build around his strengths. The Seahawks and Bengals could give him the opportunity to get out on the field and be productive.

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