The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Collin Johnson, Wide Receiver, out of the University of Texas. He was the 20th pick of the fifth round and was the 22nd wide receiver drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Collin Johnson is 6’6” and 222 pounds. He played four years at Texas and will be 22 years old at the beginning of the 2020 NFL season. A hamstring injury plagued Johnson during his senior season and resulted in him missing five games. The injury prevented him from building on his successful junior season that was generating a lot of NFL Draft buzz.
Collin Johnson broke out at the age of 21 (age during their first season with a 20% receiving dominator rating) in his third season for the Longhorns. During Johnson’s breakout junior campaign, he had 68 receptions, for 985 receiving yards, and seven scrimmage touchdowns for a receiving dominator rating (average percentage of their team’s receiving yards and receiving touchdowns) of 26.1% (32nd percentile). Johnson had moderate age-adjusted production by averaging 654.3 scrimmage yards (53rd percentile) and 3.8 scrimmage touchdowns (32nd percentile) per season throughout his career at Texas. He was a weapon for a Texas team that struggled to pass the ball at times. Johnson had an average scrimmage dominator rating (average percentage of their team’s scrimmage yards and scrimmage touchdowns) per season of 9.5% (36th percentile) and injuries really hurt his production during his senior season. Johnson’s injury during his senior season decreased his efficiency metrics overall as well and he averaged 0.65 scrimmage yards per team play (44th percentile) during his career.
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Collin Johnson was unable to test at the NFL Combine due to a hip-flexor injury. The Texas pro-day was also canceled due to concerns with COVID-19. Johnson’s size and the way he played on the field paint the picture of a physical, big-bodied wide receiver. He will need to use his massive size, catch radius, and ball-tracking ability to win against NFL corners.
NFL Landing Spot
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are a mess. The Nick Foles experiment started quick and ended even quicker. The Jags are presumably turning the keys over to Gardner Minshew, or could bring in a quarterback like Jordan Love with their pick in the draft. In relief of Foles, Minshew’s 91.2 passer rating ranked 16th, but the Jags finished as the 26th ranked offense. However, they did pass with the ninth highest frequency, giving some hope for their WR corps. That core group is headed up by D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, and Chris Conley. These three combined to account for 52% of the team’s targets. The only other wide receiver to reach double digit targets was Keelan Cole. The Jags decided not to chase any receivers in free agency, instead bringing in Tyler Eifert. If Eifert can stay healthy, he will vulture some targets from all three of the starting receivers, but don’t expect anyone else to in 2019. Westbrook and Conley will both be free agents after this year, so there is some stash viability for another receiver here, but don’t expect much of an immediate return barring injury.
***Editor’s Note*** The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Laviska Shenault in the second round of the draft.
Rivals’ Rapid Analysis
Collin Johnson is an intriguing talent at wide receiver that will look to use his size and physicality to make a name for himself in the NFL. The Jaguars invested fifth round draft capital into Johnson. He has a slim degree of opportunity and will compete with Chark, Shenault and Westbrook for targets from Minshew.
Collin Johnson is in Dave’s fifth wide receiver tier, his WR23-WR24 depending on other landing spots, and 39th-43rd ranked rookie overall. Collin Johnson is a big-bodied wide receiver with average college production. There is a lot of competition for targets in Jacksonville and fantasy managers should look elsewhere for sleepers in their fantasy drafts. However, if you have fallen in love with Johnson, you should target him in the fourth round of drafts.
Collin Johnson is in Shawn’s fifth wide receiver tier, Shawn’s WR31, and Shawn’s Overall Rookie Rank 35. Shawn would target Johnson in the late third/early fourth in superflex rookie drafts (Late third round in single QB). Johnson is enormous. His 6’6” frame should play well in this offense. The Jaguars did use a high pick on Shenault, crowding the field for 2020, but Westbrook and Conley will be gone after this year. Look for Johnson to accrue some long term value as this will be a team in need of big receivers who can work in the redzone
This article was written in collaboration with Shawn Kennedy. For more analysis check out Dave and Shawn’s previous articles at Dynasty Football Factory. Additionally, you can also find Dave’s dynasty superflex rankings at Dynasty Football Factory. Stay tuned for more rookie wide receiver rapid reaction articles from us throughout the entire NFL Draft. We will also give you instant reactions for priority UDFA wide receivers to help you try and find the next Adam Thielen. Interact with Dave and Shawn on Twitter @ff_spaceman and @ff_walrus. You can listen to our rivalry on our podcast @ATaleofTwoRivals with @ff_banterman.