KeeSean John­son first Fresno State player taken in NFL Draft since 2015

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY AN­THONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­

For­mer Fresno State stand­out wide re­ceiver KeeSean John­son is headed to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals.

John­son was selected in the sixth round, 174th over­all in the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday. He’ll be a team­mate to top over­all pick Kyler Mur­ray.

Se­lect­ing Mur­ray sig­naled a new of­fen­sive di­rec­tion for the Car­di­nals, who traded in­cum­bent start­ing quar­ter­back Josh Rosen to the Miami Dol­phins.

And John­son was the third wide re­ceiver taken by Ari­zona in the draft, after sec­ond-round pick Andy Is­abella from UMass and third-rounder Ha­keem But­ler from Iowa State.

“We can be re­ally good,” John­son told re­porters. “We’ve got Kyler Mur­ray at quar­ter­back. We’ve got three re­ceivers we drafted, in­clud­ing my­self . .... We’re go­ing to all come in and we’re go­ing to com­pete. We’re just go­ing to do what­ever we can to help the team win more games.”

John­son is the first Bull­dogs player to be drafted since 2015 when Tyeler Davison, Der­ron Smith and Cody Wich­mann were selected.

The Car­di­nals got three of the

top eight 2018 draftel­igi­ble re­ceivers by yards: Is­abella first (1,698), John­son sixth (1,340) and But­ler (1,318).

They hope to join a group led by 16-year NFL superstar Larry Fitzger­ald.

Last sea­son, John­son had 95 re­cep­tions and fin­ished his ca­reer as Fresno State’s record­holder in re­cep­tions and re­ceiv­ing yards, pass­ing cur­rent Green Bay Packer Da­vante Adams in re­cep­tions and Char­lie Jones in yards.

John­son said he’s ready to get started in Ari­zona.

“I’m bring­ing any­thing they need to the of­fense. Any­thing,” he told re­porters. “If they want me to play in­side, out­side, no mat­ter what it is, I’m go­ing to learn the whole of­fense in­side and out. I’m coming in, and I’m go­ing to do the same thing, I’m not go­ing to stop, no mat­ter what.”

Two other Fresno State draft hope­fuls, safety Mike Bell Jr. and line­backer Jeff Allison, were not picked.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]­

The Car­di­nals got three of the top eight 2018 draft-el­i­gi­ble re­ceivers by yards, in­clud­ing Fresno State wide re­ceiver KeeSean John­son.

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