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The New York Giants began the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft by addressing another big need, selecting Penn State TE Theo Johnson.

As Darren Waller continues to complement his NFL future, potentially leaning toward retirement, the Giants made sure to get some insurance in a long-term investment. Johnson may not be an every-down player immediately, but there is plenty of upside with this pick. 

Johnson didn’t have much production at Penn State. He recorded 938 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 45 career games (29 starts). But, he tested as an elite athlete at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Johnson measured in at 6-foot-6 and 259 pounds with 33-inch arms. He posted a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash to go along with a 39.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-5-inch broad jump. Those are elite numbers at the tight end position.

Giants NFL Draft grades

Here’s how the experts viewed this pick for the Giants:

Chris Trapasso, CBS SportsB+

Elite tester. Huge frame with intimidating length. Was low-volume option at Penn State but has the explosive chops to become a better receiver in the pros. Ironically not a great blocker despite his towering, filled-out body type. Has just enough short-area quickness to separate on occasion in the NFL. Easy drops on film but counters with contested catches.

Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report: B+

The New York Giants’ quest to get more explosive on offense continues with Johnson’s selection. With Darren Waller undecided about whether he plans to play this season, this is a vital pickup at this point in the draft. Johnson may not have been highly productive, but he screams future starter and is another threat in the receiving game to help quarterback Daniel Jones.

Ayrton Ostly, USA TODAY: B

Johnson is one of the best size-speed-athleticism prospects at the position in the draft. At 6 feet, 4 inches and 247 pounds, he ran a 4.57 40-yard dash and posted the fastest shuttle time in the class among tight ends. He’ll need to improve his blocking to stick in the league but offers a lot of potential.

Walter Football: B

It sounds like Darren Waller will retire this offseason, so the Giants really needed to find a tight end. Theo Johnson is a solid prospect who makes sense as a fourth-round prospect. This is a solid pick to help Daniel Jones even more.

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