The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected wide receiver Tyler Johnson with their fifth round selection sitting at 161st overall.
Johnson was a successful high school quarterback at Minneapolis North High School (2,606 yards, 36 touchdowns passing as a senior) before signing with the hometown Gophers. Minnesota took advantage of his ability as a receiver as a true freshman, however, even starting him once (14-141-10.1, one TD in 13 games). Johnson missed the final two games of his sophomore campaign with a hand injury but still earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades (35-677-19.3, seven TDs in 10 games). A healthy junior season led to school records in receiving yards and touchdowns (78-1,169-15.0, 12 TDs), as well as first-team all-conference honors. Johnson could have left for the NFL after that outstanding season but returned to get his degree. He helped the Gophers post an 11-2 record in 2019, again grabbing first-team all-conference accolades by finishing among the national leaders with 86 receptions, 1,318 yards, and 13 touchdowns in 13 starts. His brother, Tayler, is a defensive back at Northern Iowa.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three picks currently remaining as they still hold a sixth round (#194 overall) and two seventh round selections (#241 and #245 overall).
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