PROS: Route technician that does well to set up his breaks and create leverage despite a lack of burst and agility. Uncovers quickly. Outstanding in contested situations where his ball skills, body control, physicality and ability to win through contact shine. Impressive ability to “go get it” despite not necessarily having the most size or length. Terrific ball tracking skills and adjustments to the football. Wins in the air and frequently climbs the ladder to snatch the football. Production grew every year in college with back-to-back 1,000-yard and double-digit touchdown campaigns to finish his career. Play strength is a top-tier trait.
CONS: Lacks explosion, long speed and dynamic twitch. Route pace is inconsistent and there are times it takes him too long to get off the line. Doesn’t have great separation quickness at the top of routes and his burst to the football is missing. Doesn’t have consistency with his hands and there are frequent reps where he fights the football. Doesn’t profile as a yards after catch threat in the NFL.
BEST TRAIT - Contested Catch Ability
WORST TRAIT - Burst, Speed
RED FLAGS - None
Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson has been a polarizing prospect. What is clear on tape is his ability to win in contested situations, physicality and route running technique. With that said, his below average separation quickness and long speed suggests that congested catch points will be the norm for him at the next level. If given free releases from the slot, Johnson should find production despite some of his limitations but he will likely have struggles separating against NFL corners in man coverage.