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Draft INSIGHT: WR Antonio Gandy-Golden & WR Collin Johnson

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ROUND 4 receivers would add another sure-handed dimension

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Make no bones about it, the Browns have a very good offense on paper. And the wide receiver corps are front and center with Pro Bowlers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. leading the pack. Antonio Gandy-Golden and Collin Johnson would each bring a large-framed athlete to this unit while and give QB Baker Mayfield yet another target to his arsenal in the fourth-round at pick number 115. Both of these players are huge targets with big hands and a large catch radius.

WR Antonio Gandy-Golden

Specifics:

College: Liberty

Height: 6’-4”

Weight: 222 pounds

40-time: 4.60

Career receptions: 150

Career Yards: 2,433

Career Touchdowns: 20

Career Average: 16.2

Career Starts: 24

Positives:

  • Large frame with great reach
  • Excellent, excellent hands
  • Routine full-extension catches
  • Wide catch radius including high point
  • Length and size allow him to win
  • Good functional strength can drag defenders
  • Plenty of potential
  • Good field vision
  • Senior Bowl invitee

Negatives:

  • Below average route runner
  • Inability to fight through contact
  • Speed only shows on straight runs
  • Initial acceleration is sluggish
  • Small school did not see many physical DB’s
  • Lots of drops in 2018, but improved in 2019
  • Minimal elusiveness

Expert Draft Site Analysis

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Antonio Gandy-Golden has one heck of a highlight reel that showcases some of the most dynamic finishes of any receiver in the class. He has terrific ball skills, hands and a massive catch radius. With that said, his lack of a translatable skill set to separating at the next level is concerning. His heavy feet and tight hips will present challenges as a route runner and he isn’t quite the alpha expected for his body composition. Gandy-Golden will provide catch radius to an NFL receiving corps’ but he isn’t likely to command significant targets. Gandy-Golden projects as a WR4 that needs to increase his value with special teams contributions.

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WR Collin Johnson

Specifics:

College: Texas

Height: 6’-6”

Weight: 221 pounds

40-time: 4.58

Career receptions: 188

Career Yards: 2,624

Career Touchdowns: 15

Career Average: 14.0

Career Starts: 42

Positives:

  • Very good route runner
  • Size and length
  • Physical, will fight like a bully for ball
  • Excellent catching off target throws
  • Problematic for safeties
  • Long arms, powerful grip, long stride
  • Senior Bowl invitee
  • High IQ player

Negatives:

  • Needs to defeat press more
  • Yards-after-catch only average
  • Doesn’t always fully extend on throws
  • Does not separate well
  • Not a weapon in open field
  • Numerous injuries

Expert Draft Site Analysis

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Collin Johnson isn’t your typical big-framed wide receiver. The former Longhorn was likely going to be a first or second-round pick after his junior season, but elected to return to the Forty Acres for his senior campaign. Unfortunately for Johnson injuries plagued his final collegiate season. He pulled a hamstring in the Longhorns’ season opener against Louisiana Tech and re-injured himself upon his return. He wasn’t fully healthy until the team’s Alamo Bowl victory over Utah. Again bad luck struck right before the Senior Bowl when he injured his hip flexor just days before he was scheduled to run through drills for scouts. Johnson thought he would get one more chance to impress at the University of Texas Pro Day on April 1, but the event was cancelled due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. As of now, many expect Johnson to go somewhere around the fourth-round, which could actually be good news for him.