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Looking Back: How Good Was Calvin Johnson?

With the 2nd pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson.  It was the fourth time in five years Detroit drafted a wide receiver in the first round.  They have not used a first round pick on a WR since.  

Looking back, it would have been understandable for the Lions to have drafted Wisconsin T Joe Thomas, Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson, Ole Miss LB Patrick Willis (retired) or Pittsburgh CB Darrelle Revis instead of Megatron.

The Oakland Raiders drafted LSU QB JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick. 

It's hard to imagine, but Calvin Johnson has just one season 100+ receptions, 122 in 2012.  He picked up 1,964 yards that year, yet he only scored five touchdowns.  Seven on his nine NFL seasons went for 1,000+.

Before Matthew Stafford came to town in 2009, Johnson was catching passes from Jon Kitna, Dan Orlovsky, Dante Culpepper, Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton.

Johnson is sixth among active players with 11,619 receiving yards.  He is the only player 30 years or younger in the top 15 and DeSean Jackson (29) is the next player 30 an dunder with 7,814 rec yards.  Two years younger and less than 800 yards behind DJax, Antonio Brown has a chance to eclipse Megatron by his 30th birthday, if he average 1500 yards per season over the next three years.

Johnson's 83 receiving TDs trails only Antonio Gates and Larry FitzgeraldDez Bryant's 59 career rec TDs is the next best for a player 30 or younger.  That's eight TDs for three straight seasons for Dez to match Calvin by his 30th birthday.

The record books won't rank Calvin Johnson up there with the likes of Jerry Rice and Chris Carter and if the Hall of Fame doesn't call his name, will younger NFL fans remember Megatron?

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