Route Running - Lethargic at the top of his route stems. Struggles to snap off and create sizable separation as a route runner and lacks the quickness to win in the shorter areas of the field, too. May be best off bulking and working the MOF as a flex TE conversion at the pro level where his size can really shine.
Hands - Can be super frustrating. He'll bring in an incredible one handed catch on one hand and then let the ball eat him up on potentially routine targets where he's uncontested. Too erratic and it shouldn't be such a prominent issue considering his hand size and catch radius.
Contested Catch Ability - He'll get to balls you put within three yards of his torso because of his reach and wingspan — which has allowed him to cradle and pull in throws with defenders draped on him. His consistency with his hands isn't where you want it but he is for sure capable here. Tough at the catch point.
RAC Ability - Wouldn't expect much returns here. He lacks wiggle and short area agility and his long strides require a runway for him to get started and work his way down the field. He's pretty modest with long speed anyway — will need to run through soft challenges to break tackles and create.
Football IQ - Still waiting for the light bulb to go on — he's physically capable of some awesome reps but his sense of timing, release urgency and ability to cross over defensive backs when pressing vertically isn't effective with consistent results. The byproduct if he's often heavily shadowed out of his breaks.
Vertical Receiving - His size here is definitely of note — capable of serving as a 50/50 ball target. He's got enough pop to close cushion if he's given free releases inside the first 10 yards to get himself going and from there all bets are off; but he's admittedly not the most consistent in tracking the football down the field, either.
COD Skills - He's better off running through contact than he is trying to shake or flash back across the hips of a defender in coverage. His lateral quickness is stale; especially at the LOS where he's trying to defeat press coverage. Encourage him to play aggressive and physical for best results.
Speed - He's actually better at gearing down and sitting on his hips for a sharp comeback than he is getting himself revved up to challenge down the field. His strides are just so long — quick twitch and rapid fire steps to gain speed aren't calling cards. Play speed dips on speed cuts, too.
Competitive Toughness - His functional strength stands out in a lot of ways, appreciate what he offers here. He'll bully smaller DBs at the catch point and does have the ability to box out on high point opportunities, which may afford him some chances in the red zone. He'll put his best foot forward blocking, too.
Blocking Skills - Length is terrific and he's got enough feisty punch in his hands to really derail a defensive back trying to shoot across his face inside. Effort level is strong and his length effectively masks his rigidness in lateral situations, which allows him to collapse or wash out DBs on the boundary.
Best Trait - Catch Radius
Worst Trait - Consistency
Best Film - USC (2019)
Worst Film - Ohio State (2018)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Juwan Johnson offers plenty of potential but has failed to rise to the occasion for consecutive seasons despite vacancies in both the Penn State and Oregon receiving rooms that should have prompted breakout seasons. Johnson is big, long and offers some strong reps in contested catches situations and at the catch point but he's too lethargic in his route stems and will need to further hone his route running skills and recruit more physicality to ensure he's able to separate in the pros.