. @T_muhneyy10 almost played safety at Minnesota
He went on to be the highest-graded WR in 2019
— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 6, 2021
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed a gem in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft when they selected Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson, just as they did when they grabbed Golden Gopher teammate Antoine Winfield Jr. in the second round.
Turns out, Johnson almost ended up playing on the back end of the defense in college alongside Winfield.
Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck recently told Pro Football Focus that Johnson’s size, athleticism, versatility and toughness almost landed him at safety when Fleck’s staff took over the program.
Fleck went on to laud Johnson’s combination of mental and physical prowess, praising him for his overall toughness and ability to understand the “big picture” of the game.
Despite limited opportunities on a loaded depth chart, Johnson made a handful of huge plays as a rookie, grabbing key catches in clutch situations multiple times in the playoffs. His future is still extremely bright in Tampa Bay, and he’s just barely scratching the surface.