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Bryant Johnson

SELECTED BY DENVER , ROUND 1, PICK 17, OVERALL PICK 17
WR | (6-2, 214, 4.55) | Penn State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school sprinter and basketball player who ran an unofficial 10.65 in the 100 meters and competed in the Penn Relays. Caught seven passes for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns as an 18-year-old freshman in 1999. Worked at both wide receiver and defensive back in 2000, when he caught just 4-85-1. Became the Nittany Lions' go-to receiver in '01, catching 51-866-3, including 6-149-1 vs. Miami (Fla.). Started 13-of-13 games in '02, catching 48-917-4 and averaging 70.5 yards per game. Returned 41 punts for 528 yards and scored once.

Positives: Great hands and concentration. Will extend and catch with his hands. Nice size and body control. Good character. Aware and tough over the middle and in a crowd. Makes some adjustments to gain separation. Great body and hands and good feet. Excellent athletic ability. Can beat defenders deep with a double move. Big, physical receiver whose route-running, consistency and concentration have improved. Can make you miss.

Negatives: Not that quick or explosive or sudden. Has build-up type of speed. Tends to round and gather on cuts. Inconsistent adjusting to the ball. Questionable speed and explosiveness into and out of breaks. Uses body to shield defenders. A little stiff in the hips. Doesn't have superquickness in and out of his cuts. Will have to beat defenders with a double move more than with great vertical speed. Doesn't have great second gear. Lacks burst and playmaking ability.

Summary: Could move up to the top of the second round with a good workout.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.