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Theo Johnson, Penn St

2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Theo Johnson, TE Penn State


Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Theo Johnson, a Tight End from Penn State. He is from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and was a 4-star recruit out of Holy Names High School.

As a redshirt freshman in 2020 for Penn State, Johnson played in only 4 games. He caught 4 passes for 56 receiving yards and 0 touchdowns while preserving his redshirt.

In 2021 as a freshman for Penn State, he appeared in 13 games. Once again he totalled minimal stats with 19 receptions for 213 yards and 1 touchdown.

His sophomore season of 2022 saw him appear in 11 games with again limited production. While significantly more than his previous season, he still was only able to rack up 20 receptions for 328 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

His final collegiate season came as a junior in 2023 for Penn State. He appeared in 13 games and caught 34 passes for 341 yards and 7 touchdowns.


Measurables

Height: 6’6” (82nd-percentile)                                 

Weight: 257 lbs (61st-percentile)

Age: 22.1                                                      

Class: Junior


NCAA Statistics

Receiving & Rushing Table
    Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2020 Penn State Big Ten FR TE 7 4 56 14.0 0 0 0   0 4 56 14.0 0
*2021 Penn State Big Ten SO TE 13 19 213 11.2 1 0 0   0 19 213 11.2 1
*2022 Penn State Big Ten SO   11 20 328 16.4 4 0 0   0 20 328 16.4 4
*2023 Penn State Big Ten JR TE 13 34 341 10.0 7 0 0   0 34 341 10.0 7
Career Penn State         77 938 12.2 12 0 0   0 77 938 12.2 12
Provided by CFB at Sports ReferenceView Original Table
Generated 2/17/2024.

Scouting Reports

Strengths

  • Has soft, strong hands and is a reliable target in the passing game.
  • He excels at catching in high-traffic areas.
  • Is explosive off the line and plays with the athleticism of a wide receiver.
  • Is a physical field stretcher as a playmaker and possesses an Alpha mentality on the field.

Weaknesses

  • Has a limited route tree and route-running technique.
  • Has only played in a spread offense and could struggle to adapt to a different system at the next level.
  • He lacks chops as a blocker and often plays with his pad level too high.
  • Lacks bulk on the line of scrimmage and is prone to being overpowered by defenders.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Late Round 6/Early Round 7

Ideal Landing Spot: Carolina Panthers

Theo Johnson Penn St
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

It’s going to take some time for Theo Johnson to develop into an NFL tight, but the ability is there. The Carolina Panthers are a good fit as they in general are still developing as a team.

Johnson could essentially step into a full-time role as a rookie while playing in low-pressure situations on a non-contending team. This would give him a chance to gain real-time NFL experience while not forcing him to do more than he is capable of while he develops.