Texas receiver Collin Johnson (9) runs for a first down against Oklahoma at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 1, 2018. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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A Longhorn becomes a Jaguar: Texas WR Collin Johnson taken by Jacksonville in NFL draft

Posted April 25th, 2020


One day after Brandon Jones was drafted by Miami, one of his Texas teammates found out that he is also moving to Florida.

UT receiver Collin Johnson was selected by Jacksonville in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. The Jaguars used the 165th overall pick on the 6-6, 222-pound receiver.

Johnson’s selection comes 40 years after his father, Johnnie, was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Rams. A defensive back, Johnnie Johnson spent 10 years in the NFL.


Read more: Texas’ Collin Johnson remains confident in his abilities as the NFL draft approaches

After flirting with the NFL last year, Johnson returned to school for an senior season that was hamstrung by hamstring injuries. Despite missing six games, Johnson’s 38 catches and 559 receiving yards were still the second-best totals on the Texas roster. On UT’s all-time charts, Johnson ranks sixth in catches (188), fifth in receiving yards (2,624) and ninth in touchdown catches (15).

Texas had gone six years without a drafted receiver but both Johnson and Devin Duvernay had their names called this week. Duvernay was picked up by Baltimore in the third round on Friday. Eric Metcalf and Roy Williams’ 54 catches during the 1989 and 2004 seasons are tied for the most receptions by a Longhorn rookie.

Texas WRs in the NFL draft since 1980

  NFL Draft (round/pick)NFL career
2020Devin DuvernayBaltimore (3rd/92nd)2020-present (n/a)
2020Collin JohnsonJacksonville (5th/165th)2020-present (n/a)
2013Marquise GoodwinBuffalo (3rd/78th)2013-present (140 catches, 2,323 yards, 13 TDs)
2010Jordan ShipleyCincinnati (3rd/84th)2010-12 (79 catches, 858 yards, 4 TDs)
2008Limas SweedPittsburgh (2nd/53rd)2008-09 (7 catches, 69 yards)
2004Roy WilliamsDetroit (1st/7th)2004-11 (393 catches, 5,715 yards, 44 TDs)
2004Sloan ThomasHouston (7th/211th)2005-06 (0 catches)
1999Wane McGarityDallas (4th/118th)1999-01 (39 catches, 363 yards, 1 TD)
1997Mike AdamsPittsburgh (7th/223rd)1997 (1 catch, 39 yards)
1995Lovell PinkneySt. Louis (4th/115th)1995 (1 catch, 13 yards)
1990Tony JonesHouston (6th/153rd)1990-93 (63 catches, 798 yards, 9 TDs)
1989Eric MetcalfCleveland (1st/13th)1989-02 (541 catches, 5,572 yards, 31 TDs)
1987Everett GayDallas (5th/124th)1988-89 (15 catches, 205 yards, 1 TD)
1987Laron BrownWashington (11th/304th)1987 (4 catches, 40 yards)
1983Herkie WallsHouston (7th/170th)1983-87 (32 catches, 587 yards, 2 TDs)
1980Lam JonesNY Jets (1st/2nd)1980-84 (138 caches, 2,322 yards, 13 TDs)

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