Bucs Pick A WR

April 25th, 2020

New Bucs WR Tyler Johnson.

In a draft thought to be historically loaded at wide receiver, the Bucs decided to jump into the pool.

The Bucs selected Minnesota receiver Tyler Johnson.

Johnson, playing for the Outback Bowl-winning Gophers, was ranked No. 26 in receivers in Dane Brugler’s draft guide in The Athletic.

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Minnesota, Johnson was the slot receiver in former offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca’s RPO spread offense. After helping to rebuild Minneapolis North High School as a quarterback, he became the most prolific wide receiver in Gophers history, holding over 20 school records, including the career marks for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Johnson did his best work over the middle of the field where he is unfazed by traffic, embracing the post up opportunities with his body control. However, for a player with his ball skills, he needs to take better care of the football (17 drops and four fumbles the last two seasons). Overall, Johnson has average long-speed and short-area explosiveness, but his catch point skills, toughness and production are attractive qualities, projecting as a high floor, low ceiling prospect.

Joe is just guessing a fifth-round pick this year is like a third-round pick most years because the draft is so deep at receiver.

Johnson was the Gophers’ player of the year and an All-Big Ten team selection.

31 Responses to “Bucs Pick A WR”

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    Why do people create highlight videos that run at 10 frames a second and make you motion sick? Do the people putting these together actually watch what they created?

  2. Sarasota Garey Says:

    I cant find his 40 time anywhere

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Looks pretty good. Fills a need too. Depth.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Tyler Johnson is one of the best football players in the country, period,” Fleck said. “One of the best wide receivers in the country, period. He has been nothing but awesome for me. He has been nothing but awesome for this entire program, the state of Minnesota, the city of Minneapolis and north Minneapolis. I mean, everything he’s done when he’s walked in, he’s changed. He’s a change agent.”

  5. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Ehhh, Brady doesn’t do well with guys that don’t catch the ball well. My guess is scottie will be the slot guy unless this guy learns to catch the ball.

  6. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Gee… we have WR’s… how about addressing other positions as long as we are taking flyers

  7. Pewter Power Says:

    He’s not said to be very fast, Licht sure is an oddball when it comes to drafting. I was all in on first two drafts picks but we spend months reading up on all these guys and he always gets guys not on many peoples radar. Gotta wait these guys out

  8. K2 Says:

    Great pick! He is a guy who just gets open…third round value!

  9. Bucnnole Says:

    Love Tyler Johnson for slot. Dude is a beast and was super productive at Minnesota. Nice pick

  10. Shooters Says:

    4.42 forty
    6’2 205
    amazing route runner

  11. pick6 Says:

    thanks for the Fleck quote, TBBF. no equivocating, just insane praise

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    Not giving Joe a hard time, but there’s a much better video highlight out there: The Most Underrated Wide Receiver In College Football | Tyler Johnson Minnesota Highlights – give that a look, it also won’t make you feel car sick.

    Anywho, watching that second video I like the pick a lot more, he looks faster and you can better judge what he’s doing. As a 5th rounder, he looks pretty solid. Not sure if he’d be a 3rd in another year, but he does look solid.

    Good pick.

  13. Shooters Says:

    this guy will win the 3rd wr spot right away finally a 5th round pick that will contribute right way.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    AlteredEgo – Have you bothered to look at the depth chart? Scotty Miller, who has played like 5 quarters of football between being constantly injured, and who has done nothing in the NFL, is currently our #3 starting WR. If you think that is having your bases covered, you’re nuts.

  15. DEFF JEFF Says:

    Vaughn is such a patriot type back. Kinda guy that just gets it done. 5 catches 14 carries and just a pain in the ass to deal with as a defense. Seems like Brady would love his style of play

  16. DerrickBrooksGOATLB Says:

    Watched most Gophers games this year (live in MN) and Johnson is a playmaker. Yes he’s not going to burn you downfield but he consistently found ways to beat DB’s who were faster and quicker. Whenever Gophers needed a big catch or play, he was ALWAYS there. Won’t wow anyone, but we could do much worse for a slot WR. Agree him & Scottie probably split time there to start.

    Where I saw Johnson really shine is in red zone. He’s 6’2” but plays even bigger. Lots of tight end zone routes and jump balls he excelled at. A little hometown bias here but like the pick.

  17. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    He led the Big 10 in yards and TDS last year and they just said on NFL Network that he makes circus catches but has to work on drops. I think those even each other out. With Brady’s accuracy, I’ll bet the drops will be minimal. Another weapon for Brady. And I think we had All Big 10 the last two years. GO BUCS!!

  18. hamilton Says:

    your new slot wr,brady will make him a big time wr.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    Another all Big-10 player from a very good Minnesota team this year.Like the film. Breaks off good routes and he has hands. Nice pick Jason. Now let’s go CB in the sixth

  20. David Says:

    Got to love the haters. Unreal.
    The kid is all conference in the big 10 and Set dozens of records.
    Apparently he doesn’t play real fast but ran 4.5 at 6’2 200.
    Not sure where some of you get information-

    Someone said he can’t catch. Really? He has great hands.
    Someone said -amazing route runner. I wouldn’t say amazing, because lack of a burst means he never gets separation.
    That is why there are a few drops, he doesn’t get separation and is always fighting for the ball. But he’s fantastic at fighting for the ball.

    In the slot, however, you don’t need awesome separation. You are usually going against a linebacker or safety, or most likely, going against zone coverage. And he’s really good at fighting for the ball and using his body against the DB.

    Just like Vaughn, we shall see.

  21. jcscycles Says:

    Watched three MN games this year. This kid jumped off the screen by making tough catch after tough catch. He is the real deal. Most scouts pegged him round 2-3. His game is alot like Chris Godwin. Imagine what our offense would be like with another Godwin. He isn’t slow at a 4.42 40 yard time. Passed up the combine for a pro day which didnt happen, or he would have already been off the board. This is a really good pick, and you can pencil him in at #3 receiver by game #5.

  22. Pirate Bay@TB12 Says:

    I like the pick.

  23. Nick Says:

    I really enjoyed this pick. Well done, go Bucs

  24. unbelievable Says:

    Those highlights look like he’s mostly just abusing weak college DBs who will never even sniff the NFL.

    That said, he does seem to attack the football at the perfect spot and looks like he doesn’t shy away from contact whatsoever, which is great.

    Plus, at least it’s not another 5’9” 175lb 5th round track star posing as a WR, which has been Licht’s MO in the past.

  25. Buczilla Says:

    After drafting ANOTHER defensive back in the second and picking a runner in the third that would have been there all day long in the 5th, Licht made a good pick. We needed another wideout and even though he is not a burner, all this kid does is produce. Getting Wirfs was a great move by Licht as well, so considering his draft history, we are doing better than I expected.

  26. unbelievable Says:

    After learning / watching more and more, I’m really starting to like this pick.

    We prob could have moved around to draft one of the QBs who fell so Brady could mentor someone, but maybe the staff just wasn’t high on any of them.

    The only pick I’m sour on so far is the running back in the 3rd round. He just doesn’t look like he’s going to do anything in the pros. Hope I’m wrong, but an Alvin Kamara / Kareem Hunt / David Johnson he is not.

  27. unbelievable Says:

    Dang joe your moderation filters are out of control.

    Lighten up Francis.

  28. BucEmUp Says:

    Between him and Miller one of them.figures to be healthy enough to play while the other is hurt

  29. BUC IT Says:

    He seems solid. But we had a chance to draft Jake Fromm. I love Brady is here but he’s 43. It would’ve been nice to have taken a flyer on Fromm. They actually had some similar qualities coming out of college. That’s my one beef. Arians will retire with Brady and when he does our cupboard will be dry. Fromm was right there cheap in the 5th….

  30. TheRealDrew Says:

    There really are a lot of ignorant commenters on this website. This is an excellent pick in the 5th round.

  31. adam from ny Says:

    seems like a godwin clone – sorta…not a bad thing at all…

    not sure if he likes to bang for yac like godwin tho…

    seems to have a bit more wiggle than godwin too…

    seems like a legit pick in the 5th