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Robert Johnson

TE | (6-5, 278, 4.91) | Auburn
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Nephew of former Packer Alfonso Johnson. Signed with Auburn in 1999, but did not qualify and attended Hargrove Military Academy. Re-enrolled at Auburn and was named to Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team in 2000, when he caught 12 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Broke his wrist against Georgia Nov. 1, but he played the next two games with a cast before sitting out the Citrus Bowl against Michigan. Missed spring practice after having surgery on his wrist and missed other workouts with a stress fracture in his foot in '01. In the fall, he started five-of-11 games and caught 17-225-3. As part of a three-man rotation in '02, Johnson was second on the team with 30 catches for 365-4 in 13 games, including the Capital One Bowl.

Positives: A physical target with good size, who gets good body position and can wall off linebackers and safeties by gaining position. King-sized TE in the mold of former Auburn standout Frank Thomas (now with the Chicago White Sox). Will catch the ball away from the frame of his body and has long arms to go up and get the ball. Finds soft spots in the zone and is most effective catching the ball over the middle. Because of his wingspan, is a decent blocker who has shown the ability to improve. Can make you miss in the open field and run after the catch.

Negatives: Hasn't learned how to get and maintain leverage consistently, in part because he doesn't understand the position. Is not a good route runner and relies on his natural ability too much. Will play upright at times. Is a hot-and-cold player in that he will disappear for stretches. Has had some drops.

Summary: Johnson really improved as a blocker last season, but he could have used another year to become "the guy." He has excellent size, and as much potential as any tight end in the draft.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.