The Philadelphia Eagles signed undrafted rookie free agent Marcus Johnson shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles wide receiver, I reached out to SB Nation's Texas blog: Burnt Orange Nation. Longhorns writer Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) was kind enough to answer questions about Johnson.
1) What are his strengths?
"Johnson's greatest strength is his athleticism -- at the Texas Pro Day, he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, had a 37-inch vertical leap, and an 11'3 broad jump."
2) What are his weaknesses?
"Johnson wasn't always the most reliable pass catcher and didn't always display the toughness to make catches in traffic. He also failed to show much improvement throughout his career."
3) Were you surprised that he went undrafted?
"No, there were never any projections for Johnson to go in the draft. He flashed some as a sophomore with long touchdown catches against Oklahoma and TCU, but over his last two seasons his production never matched that potential. Part of the issues was probably the terrible quarterback play at Texas -- his freshman season was the only year it was anywhere close to competent, so the best-case scenario for Johnson is that his athleticism finally gets a chance to shine through."
4) How do you see his NFL career playing out?
"The physical tools are there, but unless the fault for his lack of college production was really with the quarterbacks, he'll be pursuing his likely career path of sports medicine or physical therapy sooner rather than later."
5) Anything else to know?
"Johnson was a solid citizen at Texas who never dealt with any off-the-field issues and cites his persistence as one of his greatest strengths. Combined with ideal measurables from a size/weight/speed standpoint, perhaps Johnson has what it takes to become one of those rare success stories of undrafted players who go on to have an NFL career."
Thanks again to Wescott. Make sure to check out Burnt Orange Nation.