Anthony Johnson

Buffalo
WO28

Prospect Info

College
Buffalo
Hometown
Class
SC
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
209 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.64
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
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Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.12
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

Playlist

The cousin of NFL players defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and cornerback Johnathan Joseph is making his own name among NFL scouts. He could have left for the pros after his junior season but wanted to be the first in his immediate family to graduate from college. Johnson travelled a bit early in his collegiate career, playing at Butler Community College in 2014 (21-559, five TD) as a freshman and Iowa Western Community College in 2015 (19-434, two TDs). He redshirted his first year at UB, then exploded on the scene as a first-team All-MAC selection that ranked second in the FBS with 113 receiving yards per game (1,356 total on 76 catches, 17.8 average in 12 starts). The yardage mark set a school record, as did his 14 receiving scores. He had a rough weekend in September 2018, finding out one of his friends was killed and playing the next game with the flu; Johnson fought it through to catch six passes for 76 yards and the game-winning touchdown against Temple. He completed the season as a first-team All-MAC selection with a team-high 57 receptions for 1,011 yards (18.2 average) and 11 touchdowns.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Bryant Johnson
Overview
Intriguing receiver prospect with a big frame, long arms, and two seasons of impressive production. Johnson was primarily a vertical worker, but did see reps as a big, possession target from the slot. However, he could benefit from a connection with a play-action based passing attack that allows him to explore more of the route tree and field to take advantage of his size, build-up speed and ball skills. Johnson has the ability to become an eventual starter or solid WR3.
Strengths
  • Excellent size with long, athletic frame
  • Heavily targeted with safeties rolled his way
  • Drew loads of interference penalties this year
  • All-state basketball player with post-up talent and frame to handle combat catches
  • Strength and build-up speed for usage in play-action attack
  • Natural hands pluck it with good strength
  • Extends to meet throws away from his frame
  • Catches in a ready to run position
  • Finds ball early and can track it over his shoulder
  • Possesses size and strength to make a difference as a blocker.
Weaknesses
  • Clunky in working around press
  • Slow to release and get into routes
  • Lack of early speed for quick climbs past cornerbacks
  • Dull footwork getting in and out of breaks
  • Could struggle with quickness to uncover underneath
  • Easy vertical wins could dry up against NFL speed
  • Has habit of slowing strides when ball is in the air
  • Very inconsistent deep adjustments
  • Allows vertical routes to get squeezed against sideline
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league