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Small-college wide receiver Packers’ top pick in final round

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 27, 2013 – 5:02 pm

GREEN BAY–With the first of three seventh-round draft picks, the Packers selected Grand Valley State wide receiver Charles Johnson, 6-3, 225, a productive Division II player who caught 128 passes the last two seasons and eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in each of those years. Johnson caught 31 touchdown passes in his two season at Grand Valley State, after transferring from Eastern Kentucky.

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25 Responses to “Small-college wide receiver Packers’ top pick in final round”

  1. By Randy on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    He’s got speed and size, the two things you can’t coach. Everything else he can learn. Good pickup in the 7th.

  2. By Utah Pack on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    From NFL.Com

    At Grand Valley State’s pro day, Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 and 4.39 seconds. He had a 4.31-second short shuttle and 6.96-second three-cone drill. He had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-1 broad jump. He performed 14 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

    Sounds athletic, typical small school pick for TT that could pan out.

  3. By Brett on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t know a thing about him but I love the size.

  4. By Scott on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    You can always get a receiver in the later rounds of a draft. Which is what TT has done.

  5. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t expect this guy to be an elite receiver, or “the next Donald Driver”. However, considering Jarrett Boykin did pretty well the few times he was on the field and was undrafted gives me a little more faith that the scouts know how to find WR talent.

  6. By Kyle on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    It also helps to have the best QB in the league throwing the ball too.

  7. By Rick on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Small colleges in Michigan have produced WRs such as Greg Jennings and Ruvell Martin. We’ll see.

  8. By jon on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I am impressed with the size to speed ratio. Driver never had that speed. Do not know about his ability to catch in traffic or YAC…..But an intriguing find.

  9. By MC on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    If he’s a good route runner and can catch, AR will get him the ball. His upside is his height and his speed. Can you say Randy Moss ?

  10. By Scott on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    News just came out the at this Johnson guy broke his ankle today.

  11. By Ian on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    The news also had Matthews breaking his legs.

  12. By Randy on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I bet he does pan out to be a very good receiver. 4.3 speed at his size, and with 31 touchdowns,even at a small school,we know he can catch. It seems to me the packer scouts have done some serious scouting this year, And myself, I could not be more impressed with the selections. Starting with Alabama’s tough running back. It will show to be true, small school athletes do shine, just as well as any big school guy’s. Either you have Ability, or you don’t, and scouts who can tell the difference, like green bays scouts,pick the winners.

  13. By Andrew on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Scott & Ian need to go back to puffin’ each other’s Peters

  14. By Randy on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Other Randy has a good point: Green Bay excels at finding small-school and “who is that” talent. Witness their UFA finds; it’s uncanny how many contributors they pluck out of nowhere…

  15. By Scott on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Ian and I are already done puffin…..it was good but messy!

  16. By Tim on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I attended Grand Valley and had the chance to see a lot of Charles Johnson. If he works hard combined with natural ability he could be an outstanding player for years to come. This was the a guy I was praying the packers would draft or sign as a free agent.

  17. By Toady on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Now if we could just get Geoff Tate to sing the star spangled banner for our first home game in 2013….

    I digress..

  18. By Mitch2 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I like taking chances on D2 guys. Especially if they’re 6’2 and run a 4.4.

  19. By gfergy2012 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    if he performs to his specs he’ll be a drop in replacement for Gregg Jennings – great job TT

  20. By Jim Goldammer on Apr 28, 2013 | Reply

    Attending grand valley in the early eighties and being a packer fan since the ice bowl and yes an owner how great this is . Living in rochester ny and going to Green Bay over the last twenty years to watch the games is an experience any football fan should do once .go pack

  21. By Mark on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Didn’t Jerry Rice play in Division II? I think it’s a good idea to look there. Not saying that Johnson will be another Jerry Rice, but with his size and speed, he could be very good. I agree with Vic Ketchman that teams can find good wide receivers in the later rounds. Looks like the Packers did a really good job finding Johnson.

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  25. By Jeff on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Still think they should have gone with Patton in round 4, or Swope in rounds 5 or 6.

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