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
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 206 pounds
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
Tyler Johnson, Lightning
Height/weight: 5-foot-8, 182 pounds
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Draft position: Undrafted
Scouting report: Had great speed but was undersized
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