NEW YORK -- The Detroit Lions have taken Georgia Tech wide
receiver Calvin Johnson with the second pick in today's N-F-L
Johnson won the Biletknikoff Award as the nation's top wide receiver and was the A-C-C Player of the Year as a junior last season. He earned the honors with 78 receptions for one-thousand-202 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Johnson is the school's all-time leader in receiving yards and
touchdown catches despite leaving the Yellow Jackets a year early.
The six-five, 239-pound Johnson made an impact as a true
freshman, catching 48 passes for 837 yards and seven touchdowns
while starting all 12 games. He had 54 receptions and six T-Ds as a
sophomore before earning First Team All-America honors a year
later. Johnson had nine catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns in
the Gator Bowl against West Virginia, his final game.
Johnson has excellent acceleration and is very tough to knock
off his pass routes. He makes the difficult catch and possesses
outstanding leaping ability.
Johnson has struggled against larger cornerbacks and doesn't
gain a lot of yardage after the catch. But he has the type of
skills that should warrant double-coverage in the N-F-L.