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Theo Johnson Declares For NFL Draft, Will Play In The Peach Bowl

The Nittany Lion tight end will play one more game in Blue and White.

Penn State tight end Theo Johnson hugs family members, including his mom Amy Johnson (left), during a senior day ceremony before an NCAA football game against Rutgers Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 Dan Rainville / USA TODAY NETWORK

Penn State tight end Theo Johnson announced on Friday that he will forego his eligibility and declare for the NFL draft. Johnson was a major part of the Penn State offense this season, catching 32 passes for 325 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Johnson becomes the second player to declare for the NFL draft since the regular season ended. Unlike Chop Robinson, however, Johnson decided he will play in the Peach Bowl, giving the Nittany Lions another weapon on offense, in hopes to win 11 games in five of James Franklin’s 10 seasons as head coach.

The Penn State tight end group has enjoyed plenty of depth over the years. It was on full display in the past two seasons, as Johnson split duties with Tyler Warren and current Jaguar Brenton Strange.

Were he to get drafted in April, as is expected, Johnson would become the fourth tight end to be drafted into the NFL under Franklin, to go along with Mike Gesicki, Pat Freiermuth, and the aforementioned Brenton Strange.