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How Bucs draftee Tyler Johnson compares to the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson

If the receiver from Minnesota is half as good as the Lightning center, the Bucs should be pleased with their Day 3 pick.
New Bucs wide receiver Tyler Johnson, left, and Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, right.
New Bucs wide receiver Tyler Johnson, left, and Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, right. [ ZUMA Wire; DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 25, 2020
Updated Apr. 25, 2020

Tampa Bay has another Tyler Johnson after the Bucs drafted the Minnesota receiver in the fifth round Saturday. The NFL rookie got a nice welcome from the NHL veteran on Twitter.

“Hey @TomBrady,” Lightning center Tyler Johnson said, “looks like it’s Tyler Bay now.”

So how does the area’s newest Tyler Johnson compared to the NHL All-Star?

Tyler Johnson, Bucs

Tyler Johnson had a career day at the Outback Bowl.
Tyler Johnson had a career day at the Outback Bowl. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]

Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 206 pounds

Age: 21

Position: Receiver

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

Draft position: Fifth round, No. 161 overall

Scouting report: Has good size but questionable speed (he decided not to run the 40 at the combine)

Backup plan: Majored in business and marketing education

Stats to know: Set Minnesota records in receiving yards (3,305), touchdowns (33) and career 100-yard games (16). He is also second in Gophers history with 213 catches and a reception in 36 consecutive games

Best performance in Tampa: Was the Outback Bowl MVP at Raymond James Stadium in January after setting career highs in catches (12) and receiving yards (204) while scoring twice in a 31-24 win over Auburn

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Tyler Johnson, Lightning

Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) has enjoyed quite the nice professional career here in Tampa Bay.
Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) has enjoyed quite the nice professional career here in Tampa Bay. [ DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times ]

Height/weight: 5-foot-8, 182 pounds

Age: 29

Position: Center

Hometown: Spokane, Wash.

Draft position: Undrafted

Scouting report: Had great speed but was undersized

Backup plan: Planned on becoming a nurse anesthetist if hockey didn’t work out

Stats to know: Set a Lightning rookie record with 24 goals in 2013-14 and scored a league-high 13 playoff goals the next season. The 2015 All-Star has 153 goals and 186 assists in 534 career NHL games

Best performance in Tampa: Scored on a Victor Hedman pass with less than a second remaining to beat the Canadiens 2-1 at Amalie Arena in the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinal