Super Rookie Calvin Johnson
On April 28th, 2007, the Detroit Lions took one of the most physically gifted athletes to enter the draft.  After wowing scouts, coaches, and fans alike at the Indianapolis Combine with an amazing 4.35 forty yard dash, people started noticing Calvin Johnson.  The 2006 Biletnikoff Award winner (given to the nation's top receiver) Calvin Johnson was selected second overall and joined the exceptional talents of Roy Williams and defensive back turned wide receiver Mike Furrey.

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Johnson is hoping to be the Lions second go-to receiver, playing alongside Roy Williams.  Being drafted second, instead of first, did not deter this man's demeanor in any way.  Calvin has shown maturity beyond his years in the way he handled the draft, and the excitement he looks to add to the Lions.

The 2007 season has been one of gaining experience and now wowing his opponents.  Calvin got his first NFL start on September 16th against Minnesota in a four receiver formation.  He made an immediate impact and caught his first NFL touchdown pass from Jon Kitna the subsequent week in a game at Oakland.  His professional debut showcased his talents with four catches for 70 yards and proved he belongs in the league now.  In the game against the Eagles on September 23rd, Johnson started and made two catches for 58 yards which included an amazing 39 yard catch in double coverage that propelled the Lions to set up a score.  The low point of that game though for Johnson came when he was forced to leave with a minor back injury.  The following week against the Chicago Bears, he was forced to sit out but returned to action on October 7th against the Washington Redskins.  However, he was disappointed in his performance making one catch for only three yards.

All signs point to Johnson having an amazing rookie year and outstanding longevity in the NFL.  What makes him so appealing so far is the combination of the physical abilities coupled with a diligent work ethic, a great opportunity in Detroit, and his down-to-earth personality that could make Johnson another great number 81.  Although many insiders believe that it should take a full year for a rookie to understand the ins and outs of Mike Martz's complicated offensive system, Johnson is confident he can make the most of his opportunity and thrive in the NFL for years to come.

By T. Lloyd,
October 11, 2007