Collin Johnson becomes third Longhorn selected in 2020 NFL Draft

Nathan Han

Wide receiver Collin Johnson became the third Longhorn to be drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, coming off the board as the 19th pick in the fifth round to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A four-year receiver and three-year starter at Texas, Johnson racked up 188 catches (sixth-most in team history) for 2,624 receiving yards (fifth-most in team history) and 15 touchdowns while leading the team in receiving his sophomore year.

While nagging hamstring injuries limited him to only seven games his senior year as team captain, the wide receiver shined at the 2020 Senior Bowl. But he suffered a hip flexor injury before the NFL Combine and wasn’t able to run and work out at the canceled Texas Pro Day. 

At 6-foot-6 and 222 pounds, Johnson frequently made highlight-reel catches with his big frame and strong hands.

Longhorn fans will remember his career-high 191 receiving yards against USC in his sophomore year and 177 receiving yards against Oklahoma in the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game.

Hopefully Johnson’s injury past will be behind him with the Jaguars, where he’ll be most likely catching passes from second year gunslinger Gardner Minshew.

A four-star recruit, Johnson played for Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California, where he had his best season as a junior, with 49 catches for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns, but had his senior season cut short by a shoulder injury. 

Despite receiving offers from Alabama and USC, among others, Johnson chose to continue a family legacy to attend Texas, where his father Johnnie Johnson was an All-American defensive back from 1976-1979. His uncle and brother also played football for the Longhorns, and his sister currently competes in the javelin for the track and field team.