Well, that took what seemed like forever. After trading away both their fourth round picks - pick 117 used in the trade Thursday night to move up and get Tristan Wirfs while pick 139 was used in the deal for tight end Rob Gronkowski - the Buccaneers used their first day three pick on wide receiver Tyler Johnson - their second pick out of the University of Minnesota.
The 6’1”, 206lb receiver finished his four year collegiate career with 213 receptions for 3,305 yards - 15.5 yards per catch - and 33 touchdowns.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say in his evaluation;
Contested-catch warrior who plays the game like a big brother imposing his will on his younger brothers on the playground. Johnson’s lack of speed and explosiveness make it hard to create clean catch windows unless he’s working against zone. However, he’s an absolute rebound champ, using instincts, timing and an impressive knowledge of body control to keep defenders away from the football and make it his own. His production speaks directly to his ball skills and competitiveness, but physical limitations might pigeon-hole him into a role as a zone-beating possession slot with red-zone talent.
Johnson led the entire Big Ten in receptions, receiving yards, yards per catch, and touchdowns in 2019 while also leading the conference in touchdowns in 2018. He also holds the school records for receiving yards, 100+ yard games, and receiving touchdowns in a career among a long list of records. He was first team all-Big Ten in 2018 and 2019.
Simply put, in any other receiver class, we would have seen Johnson come off the board much sooner.