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Some Potential NFL Landing Spots for Tyron Johnson

We take a look at where former OSU receiver Tyron Johnson would thrive in the NFL.



Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyron Johnson announced last week that he would skip his senior season in Stillwater and enter the NFL Draft. The former five-star recruit had 71 receptions for 1,138 yards and found the end zone 10 times during his two-year stint with the Cowboys. He also grabbed 9 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns in his one season at LSU before deciding to transfer.

Johnson’s overall athleticism, good hands, ability to make people miss in the open field and top-end speed (running a 4.5 40-yard dash in high school), give him a shot at making an NFL roster next season. In addition, catches like the one shown below have certainly caught the eyes of NFL scouts.

So, what are some potential landing spots for Johnson in the NFL? I’m going to take a look at three teams below where I think Tyron would be a good fit. Some based off team needs and others based off of favorable situations.

New England Patriots

The Patriots head into 2019 with Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorset all set to be free agents. In addition, Josh Gordon is on an indefinite suspension and Julian Edelman isn’t getting any younger, as he will be 33 years old at the start of next season. The Patriots have plenty of draft picks in the 2019 draft, so why not take a flyer on a high-upside, athletic receiver like Johnson. On Johnson’s end of the deal, who wouldn’t want to play with Tom Brady? Even if it may not be for very much longer.

Dallas Cowboys

After deciding not to re-sign former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys looked pretty thin at the wide receiver spot. However, during the season they traded a first round pick to Oakland for Amari Cooper, and it ended up working out favorably as Cooper had a stellar season. Rookie wideout Michael Gallup showed he’s capable of making plays, and if you throw in Cole Beasley, the Cowboy receiving corps made a huge turnaround from the start of the 2018 season.

However, Beasley and Tavon Austin will be hitting free agency, Allen Hurns will be recovering from an injury he sustained in the Cowboys last game of the season, and with it looking like Dallas will not likely bring back Terrance Williams, the Cowboys will be looking for some receiving depth. If Johnson could make the move to the slot in the NFL, which he might have to do anyway based on his size, he could help fill a similar role to Beasley for this team moving forward.

New Orleans Saints

It’s hard for me to create a list like this and not include my personal favorite team, the New Orleans Saints. Although, this time there’s actually a reason as Johnson, like myself, is a Louisiana-native, so he would be playing for him hometown team. The Saints struggled at times this season finding a capable No. 2 to star receiver Michael Thomas. Ted Ginn Jr. had injury issues throughout the season and will be 34 years old at the start of next year. Rookies Tre’Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood played well, but New Orleans could definitely use some depth at this position.

In addition, Drew Brees has shown a knack for turning late round or undrafted players into successful pros, just look at Marques Colston, 7th round pick, Lance Moore, undrafted, and as recently as this season with Kirkwood, undrafted. Even at 40 years old, Brees doesn’t look to be slowing down and would be a great quarterback to start your career with as a young receiver.

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