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Manuel Johnson (WR)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 189
College: Oklahoma
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Gilmer, TX
High School: Gilmer
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Selected by: Dallas Cowboys
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 20 (229)
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Pick Analysis: Johnson has the quickness and speed that teams crave at the wide receiver position. He may have been better than Juaquin Iglesias (Round 3, 99th overall to the Bears) at catching the ball at Oklahoma. Johnson is a small receiver, but he's got the ability to stick in the NFL.
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Overview

Oklahoma's offense has so many stars that a solid contributor like Johnson can go unnoticed. While not particularly tall, strong or fast, Johnson's consistent production over the past three seasons in a complementary role has not gone unnoticed by scouts.


His 42 catches for 714 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008 would have increased if not for a grotesquely dislocated elbow injury suffered against Kansas. Given his tough play on the field and work ethic in practice, it was no surprise when he returned with a brace after missing only one game. Had an arm span of 32 1/2 inches and a hand span of 8 3/4 inches at the combine.


High School

Played quarterback and wide receiver ... threw for 48 career touchdowns, ran for 18 scores and caught 17 more... No. 13 wide receiver in the nation (Rivals.com) ... No. 16 player Postseason Texas Top 100 (Rivals.com) ... No. 21 player in Texas (SuperPrep) ... MVP District 13-AAA (2004) ... MVP All East Texas (2004) ... first team All-State (2004) ... Dave Campbell Player of the Year (2004) ... first-team All-State (2003) ... also a member of the basketball and track and field teams ... coached by Jeff Traylor.


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Analysis

Positives: More than the sum of his parts. Lanky build with room for additional mass without a significant loss in quickness. At least adequate straight-line speed. Good agility. Can plant his hips and drive out of his breaks to generate separation. Reliable route-runner. Secure hands. Can extend outside of his frame to make the tough catch. Tough. Courageous over the middle. Emerged as a senior and some feel he could be an ascending player. Looks to make a block at the second level. Good locker room presence.


Negatives: Better football player than athlete. May lack upside. Marginal deep speed. Doesn't make defenders miss in the open field. Production inflated by his role in this explosive offense. Elbow requires a medical check.


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