Canadian TE Theo Johnson selected by New York Giants in fourth round of 2024 NFL Draft

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Canadian tight end Theo Johnson has been selected by the New York Giants with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

The native of Windsor, Ont. could be a crucial pickup for the Giants, as star tight end Darren Waller is reportedly contemplating retirement and he could be able to step into the starting lineup as a rookie.

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.

The six-foot-six, 259-pound pass catcher participated in the prestigious Senior Bowl all-star game and was named the best tight end for the National team during the week of practice. He was one of the winners of the 2024 NFL Combine, becoming the only tight end in history to run sub-4.6 and jump over 39 inches in the vertical while weighing more than 255 pounds.

Officially, Johnson 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. He also ran a 4.19-second short shuttle and added a 7.15-second three-cone.

Johnson is the number two rated prospect in the 2024 CFL Draft but is not expected to be selected due to his substantial NFL opportunity. He is one of as many as seven Canadians who could hear their name called in the 2024 NFL Draft, which will wrap up on Saturday.