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Baalke’s Film Review: Ronald Johnson

Posted by Taylor Price on May 18, 2011 – 1:58 PM

USC wide receiver Ronald Johnson has a track record with the 49ers coaching staff, having worked with wide receivers coach John Morton for his entire collegiate career.

The two spent four seasons together at USC, which ultimately gave the 49ers the knowledge and comfort in making Johnson a sixth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Familiarity, along with Johnson’s value as a receiver and punt returner, made him an easy choice with the 182nd overall selection.

“We didn’t think he’d last as long as he did,” general manager Trent Baalke noted at his review of the 2011 draft class. “We got good value where we drafted him.”

In Johnson, the 49ers added a 5-foot-11, 199 pound wide receiver who can play in the slot and line up at the team’s “z” position. Johnson also averaged 14.2 yards on 22 punt returns with one touchdown as a senior.

“He’s a guy we can throw into the mix and let him compete with the guys we have now,” Baalke added.

After hearing Morton’s high opinion of Johnson, the 49ers were set on drafting a receiver who they deemed too valuable to pass up.

Thursday on Goal Posts, we’ll cover Baalke’s comments on TCU safety Colin Jones and former UCF defensive end Bruce Miller, who will be converted to fullback with the 49ers.

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5 Responses to “Baalke’s Film Review: Ronald Johnson”

  1. By Ryan on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    It’s about time we get a legitimate slot receiver. Now maybe when we line up three wide, it’ll actually mean that there will be a chance that the ball will go to whoever is in the slot!

  2. By whatisit200808 on May 19, 2011 | Reply


  3. By mondzy805 on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    Great value with this pick. Ronald was USC number 1 Reciver the past 2years. The man can play. He’s a football player with game speed like Jerry Rice, meaning you won’t run &im down too often.

  4. By PD on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    very good pick up….ive watched alot of his film and his footwork is amazing

  5. By Hancock on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    This guy is hungry for action, he will show & prove that he should have gone higher in the draft & make everybody who past him up shake their heads.lol

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