Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Profile: Theo Johnson, TE Penn State

Tim Riordan

Theo Johnson did next to nothing in the Penn State box scores over the past four seasons. But, he was the talk of the town in Indianapolis after a head-turning performance at the NFL Combine. If you only looked at the Combine numbers, Johnson would be the best prospect in this class, but there is much more to a prospect than their height and weight. Can he develop at the NFL level to become a threat in the passing game?

The Stats

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Johnson hails from north of the border, born in Winnipeg and raised outside of Toronto. Johnson’s mother Amy and her six boys moved to Windsor, Ontario, where he attended Holy Names Catholic High School. As a wide receiver for the team’s Canadian rules football team, he led the team to back-to-back regional championships and was named All-Canada both years.

Despite coming from Canada, Johnson earned a four-star recruit rating thanks to a stellar performance at the “Best of the Midwest” recruiting camp. He was recruited as a tight end and earned offers to some of the top college football programs in the country. He ended up choosing to attend Penn State over his other finalists: Georgia, Iowa, and Michigan.

It was a long road to Happy Valley for Johnson, but it was an even longer road to a starting job. He played behind Brenton Strange for most of his first three seasons. In that time, he combined for 31 games played, 43 receptions, 597 yards and five touchdowns.


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