Key Stat Proves Tyler Johnson Was Fifth-Round Steal for Buccaneers

Max Staley
Tyler Johnson looks like a third-round steal for the Buccaneers.
Tyler Johnson looks like a third-round steal for the Buccaneers. / Corey Perrine/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers elected to build on a strength in the 2020 NFL Draft, taking wide receiver Tyler Johnson in the fifth round. Johnson was one of the NCAA's most-productive receivers last season, racking up 1,318 yards and 13 scores on 86 receptions.

That he fell to the fifth round was a bit surprising given his pre-draft projections, but Buccaneers fans should be glad he did. In fact, one key stat proves Johnson might've been one of the biggest steals of the whole draft.

Since 2017, Johnson has received a stellar 94.7 grade when facing single coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. That was the best such mark among all draft-eligible wideouts. Considering he'll be playing alongside Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski, Johnson will likely see plenty of single coverage at the next level. And if this grade is any indication, he could dominate.

But it doesn't stop there. Johnson was one of the most consistently explosive players available in the class.

Since 2017, Johnson led the FBS in receptions of 15-plus yards. Given that he's not likely to be a featured option as a rookie, this explosiveness proves that Johnson should be able to make the most of his limited opportunities, which is exactly what Tampa Bay needs out of him.

Fifth-round picks don't often make an immediate impact, but these stats prove that Johnson could be an exception to that rule.

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