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Bethel Johnson

SELECTED BY OAKLAND , ROUND 2, PICK 13, OVERALL PICK 45
WR | (5-11, 201, 4.37) | Texas A&M
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Partial qualifier in 1998. Caught 27 passes for 514 yards and three TDs with a long of 74 yards and returned nine kickoffs for 174 yards and zero TDs in '99. Caught 42-440-0 with a long of 28 in 2000 in a more controlled, short passing game. Started the first two games in '01 and had caught 8-69-0 when he ruptured his spleen in Game Two vs. Wyoming and redshirted. Had additional surgery in the summer of '02 to remove abdominal obstruction adhesion that caused blockage, and his weight dropped. Started 12-of-12 games in '02, catching 40-718-8 (long of 78), rushing 5-37-0, and returned 12 punts 139 yards and 12 kickoffs 252 yards.

Positives: Quick with a good release off the line of scrimmage. Has quick feet and good athletic ability. Strong, very quick runner after the catch. Aggressive, tough blocker. Can snatch and pluck the ball. Outstanding burst. Quick off the ball. Aggressive over the middle. Excellent athlete with good coordination, speed and agility. Can block when he wants to.

Negatives: Doesn't work to get open or set up routes. Questionable football intelligence. Struggles blocking and using his speed. Lacks consistency. Likes to cradle and body catch. Lacks confidence in his hands. Underachiever. Must be pushed. Not a self-starter. Makes dumb plays. Runs undisciplined, sloppy routes. Better in 1999 than 2000. Struggles against bump coverage. Lacks explosiveness. Inconsistent hands. Has been his own worst enemy, relying only on his talent. Immature. Lacks toughness and drops balls on contact. Waits for the ball to come to him.

Summary: Has the talent to be a solid No. 2 receiver but will have to improve his poor work habits to stand a chance.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.