2. Calvin Johnson
Over the last 20 years, the No. 2 pick has been where more talent resides than the top pick in the draft. Remarkably most of them were on the defensive side of the ball. Julius Peppers, Ndamukong Suh, Von Miller, Nick Bosa and Chase Young, to name a few. However, amid all of those defensive pillars, Calvin Johnson stands out.
Not to diminish fellow No. 2 overall pick Von Miller’s impact on two different Super Bowl-winning defenses, but Megatron was a one-man offensive band. Few cornerbacks could keep up with his long strides and 4.35 for the 40 speed in someone else’s shoes. Johnson was a top-flight wideout who could leap into the penthouse without an elevator, courtesy of his 42.5-inch vertical and 36-inch arms. Johnson makes DK Metcalf look like a pipsqueak. Despite retiring at the age of 33, he set a new single-season record for receiving yards, played in six consecutive Pro Bowls and recorded 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns.
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