Green Bay Packers seventh-round draft pick Charles Johnson has the ideal size and speed for a wide receiver in the NFL. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, the Grand Valley State rookie offers a straight-line speed element that may not currently exist among the Packers’ wide receiver corps.
In the receiver-rich 2013 draft, Johnson fell to the Packers at #216 overall. It’s a wonder Johnson managed to last that long, considering he wasn’t exactly quiet about his abilities. Not invited to the Scouting Combine, Johnson promised in his pre-draft workout that he would run a sub-4.4 40-time. He promised this despite the fact that he had never officially recorded a 40-time before.
He made good on his promise, turning in a blistering 4.35 result on an indoor track. Johnson’s pro-day efforts would have placed him among the top performers at the combine in the 40, vertical jump and broad jump.
Charles Johnson fast facts:
Size: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds
College: Grand Valley State (MI)
Bio: Charles Johnson concluded his collegiate career with Division II Grand Valley State Lakers after starting it at Eastern Kentucky. A suspension at Eastern Kentucky led to his transfer to GV. He caught 128 passes for 2,229 yards and 31 touchdowns in two seasons for the Lakers. In 2011, he was a D2Football.com Honorable Mention All-American and a member of the First-Team All-GLIAC.
Chances of making the Packers roster: Fair — The Packers’ have a similar type of receiver in Jordy Nelson, but if Johnson’s hands and maturity can match his speed, he has a chance to be Green Bay’s fifth or 6th receiver.
Practice squad eligible: Yes.