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Tyron Johnson Forgoing Senior Year, Declares for 2019 NFL Draft

Johnson came on strong at the end of 2018 and is skipping his final year of eligibility.

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Tyron Johnson is going two-and-through at Oklahoma State. He announced Monday, amidst a hectic news day, that he’s decided to forgo his senior season at OSU and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I write you today to say that I am ready to begin the next chapter in my life,” he said on Twitter. “I have decided to forgo my senior year and declare for the NFL Draft.

“I cannot say goodbye without first saying thank you. I am forever grateful for Oklahoma State and every member of the amazing Cowboys community.

“To Coach Gundy, Coach Dunn, Coach Glass and the entire football staff, thank you for giving me this opportunity to come to this amazing university and teaching me lessons on and off the field. I have prayerfully decided to pursue my childhood dream and humbly ask for your support on this journey!”

Losing Tyron for OSU is a gut-punch, any way you frame it. As Adam Lunt noted, his last five games at OSU this season — and sadly, his last in college — were elite. He had 32 receptions, 440 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the season, he had 53 receptions for 845 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.

Had Tyron returned, OSU would have essentially had a 1B at receiver alongside Tylan Wallace, and a bonafide uniform heisman, too. Now OSU will need to replace his lost production by turning, likely, to an unproven-but-talented name such as Patrick McKaufman, CJ Moore, LC Greenwood or others.

Johnson was the No. 1 receiver coming out of high school in 2015. A five-star prospect out of New Orleans, he committed to LSU but transferred after one season. He caught only 18 passes for 293 yards last season in a deep receiving corps., but emerged in 2018 as a clear-cut No. 2 behind Wallace, and capped his career with a gem in the Liberty Bowl: 7 receptions, 141 yards receiving and two scores.

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