Canadian TE Theo Johnson posts eye-popping numbers at 2024 NFL Combine

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Canadian tight end Theo Johnson has put the pro football world on notice with a ridiculous performance at the 2024 NFL Combine.

The native of Windsor, Ont. measured in at six-foot-six and 259 pounds with an 80 3/4-inch wingspan, 33-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands. Despite that massive frame, he clocked an official 4.57-second forty-yard dash with a 1.55-second ten-yard split, while leaping a whopping 39.5 inches in the vertical and 10 feet, five inches in the broad. All of those numbers were the second-best of any tight end in attendance.

The Canadian standout also topped the position group with a 4.19-second short shuttle and added a 7.15-second three-cone. He did not participate in the bench press.

According to Warren Sharp, Johnson is the only tight end in NFL Combine history to run sub-4.6 and jump over 39 inches in the vertical while weighing more than 255 pounds.

Johnson had a productive collegiate career at Penn State University, suiting up in 45 games over four seasons and making an immediate impact as a true freshman. He caught 77 passes for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns over that span, earning an honourable mention All-Big Ten selection after recording seven majors in 2023.

The top-rated player from Canada in the 2020 recruiting class, Johnson received four-star status as a prospect without attending a U.S. prep school. He attended Holy Names Catholic School, leading the team to back-to-back SWOSSAA and OFSAA titles while earning himself an invite to the Under Armour All-American game. He is the younger brother of receiver Dominic Johnson, who played for the University at Buffalo and was a fourth-round pick of the Edmonton Elks in the 2021 CFL Draft.

Johnson participated in the prestigious Senior Bowl all-star game last month in Mobile, Alabama and was named the best tight end for the National team during the week of practice. He was the third-ranked player in the CFL’s winter Scouting Bureau rankings but is expected to be selected on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft. His impressive combine performance has likely pushed him into the Day 2 conversation, further decreasing his stock north of the border.

Three other Canadians will be taking part in the 2024 NFL Combine, with Arizona tight end Tanner McLachlan also undergoing testing on Friday. Offensive linemen Isaiah Adams and Anim Dankwah will take to the field on Sunday. Five Canadians were invited to last year’s NFL Combine, all of whom were selected as part of a historic NFL Draft class.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place in Detroit, Mich. from April 25 to 27.