Draft Day Target: WR Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson, an outstanding athlete out of Minnesota, just might be the first wide receiver taken by the Cowboys Saturday afternoon. We've got the latest included in this report.

These days, the Cowboys are in such a need of a big possesion type wide receiver that Redskins' wide receiver Michael Westbrook even looks like a good aquisition.

But why take him when you could get a version of him that doesn't include his vilotale personality? Of course, the player I'm referring to is WR Ron Johnson. Johnson (6'3, 215, 4.6) could be the perfect receiver to complement the Cowboys' existing set of wide outs in Joey Galloway and the Rocket.

While not blessed with tremendous speed, he has the size, and the ability to fight off smaller cornerbacks to consistently become a threat in the NFL- especially in the red zone. Watching him on film, you see that he routinely out-muscles, out works, and out-positions his opponents.

WR Ron Johnson
Johnson uses his body well, and he's known to be able to adjust his body to bring in errant passes, and he can make the difficult reception in a crowd. He generally wins out in a battle and works hard running after the catch. His downfield blocking is also solid as he tends use his strength and size to his advantage on linebackers and defensive backs.

Johnson led the Gophers in receiving three of the last four seasons and he ended his senior campaign by catching 56 passes for 895 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also received All-Conference and All-American honors after his junior year and was given All-Academic notoriety in the past. He is smart football player that uses his head to his advantage on the football field.

Johnson also has the NFL in his blood. His father (CB Ron Johnson from Eastern Michigan) was drafted in 1978 by the Steelers.

Fortunately for the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson will likely make it out of the second round next Saturday. His slow 40-time has some teams concerned about his ability to make it in the NFL, but again, Jerry Jones doesn't necessarily need another 4.4 wide out.

He is the perfect possession type of wide receiver to fit the Cowboys new West Coast Offense. With The Rocket at Joey Galloway on the outside, Johnson would provide a sure handed, big target going across the middle of the field.

With the development of two young quarterbacks in Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson, it is extremely important to get some additional offensive talent this year via draft. And while some teams look at Johnson as a risk, the Cowboys should view him a strong candidate to become their go-to guy when its 3rd down and 5.

He currently ranks 12th on our list of wide receivers, but in terms of "bang for the buck", he is one of the top receivers in the draft for the Dallas Cowboys, simply because they could likely grab him in the third or possibly even the forth round. Stay tuned.

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