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Why Collin Johnson could be late round steal for Jaguars

Collin Johnson was taken 165th by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Will he be able to make the roster and have fantasy value in his career?

Collin Johnson #9 of the Texas Longhorns catches a pass for a touchdown defended by Jeff Gladney #12 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Texas wideout Collin Johnson with the 165th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’ll join a young group of wideouts headlined by D.J. Chark Jr. and Dede Westbrook. Johnson was limited to seven games last season because of injury and recorded 38 receptions for 559 yards and three scores. He tallied 68 receptions for 985 yards and seven scores through 13 games in 2018.

Scouting Report

Johnson was one of the most physically imposing players in the 2020 draft class. He’s not the fastest, but his 6’6” frame is a matchup nightmare. He excels at catching jump balls and can bully cornerbacks who attempt to press him. He isn’t very fluid after the catch and struggles to create separation.

Collin Johnson projects as a stereotypical X-receiver at the NFL level. He wins in tight spaces, defeats press with hand usage and strength and illustrates a large catch radius to contest errant throws. Johnson’s lack of short area quickness and inability to consistently create separation on his routes will cause some headaches and tempers his upside, he’s more of an ideal depth player and potential red zone target given his looming size. Johnson should stick long-term as a depth player. — The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs

Fantasy football impact

Chark is the top dog and finished as WR16 in standard leagues last season. Chris Conley and Westbrook were neck and neck for the WR2 spot. Johnson profiles as an outside receiver, so he could work his way in as a WR2 or WR3 because of the versatility he can provide. He could be a major red zone threat because of his size, but won’t rack up a ton of receiving yards with the more polished targets around him.