#9 Collin Johnson
WT: 222 lbs
High School: Valley Christian (San Jose, CA)
Accolades: 2019 Team Captain. 2019 Academic All-Big 12.
Scouting Report: WR Collin Johnson, Texas
Athleticism: Collin Johnson is a very athletic player. He’s very quick in and out of his breaks, has good acceleration, and good speed. Shouldn’t move as well as he does at his size. I’m very interested to see how he tests at the Combine.
Release/Route Running: I have to wonder how good Johnson actually is as a route runner. He shows a lot of promise to be able to create separation in his routes, his breaks and his athletic ability over the top. He really showcased this at the Senior Bowl where he performed very well. However, the consistency to create separation just isn’t there. I think Johnson also struggles with his release if it isn’t free and he is pressed. Struggles to work through contact and get where he needs to be.
Catch Ability: I think Johnson has a very good catch radius. He can go up for footballs, he snags them well out of the air while in stride. I didn’t see much of an issue with concentration drops. What I did see is that Johnson struggles to catch contested balls with physical cornerbacks working through him. He doesn’t do well to secure the football through contact.
Field Vision/Contact Balance: At his size, you would expect Collin Johnson to be a harder man to take down. I think his teammate, Devin Duvernay, is more physical than Johnson is. He’s not going to be a very big threat in the open field, but if he gets behind people, he’s gone.
Blocking Ability: Solid blocker. Johnson was asked to block a lot in the Texas offense and did so effectively. He’s certainly not overly aggressive in engaging. He instead waits for the defender to engage at which he locks them down. A very effective technique, especially at his size.
Leadership/Personality: I got the opportunity to speak with Johnson at the Senior Bowl. He’s a good guy, a little shy with the media, but still, overall an interesting guy who just wants a chance to play. He’s humble, he will put his head down and he will work hard.
Collin Johnson is a big dude. He’s a mismatch on the field because of his size and what he will bring to an NFL team is size on the outside. Johnson is a good blocker, he’s a good receiver, and if he can work on catching the ball through contact and working through his breaks at the top of his routes, he’s going to be a fine receiver in the NFL. The limitations to his game will keep him from going before the third round, so I have a day-two grade on him.