Calvin Johnson Wanted Atlanta Falcons to Trade Up for Him in NFL Draft

John Maakaron

Calvin Johnson was drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. 

Over the course of his nine seasons with the Lions, Johnson amassed 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. 

His 5,137 receiving yards from 2011 to 2013 are the most over a three-year stretch in NFL history.

On Wednesday evening, Johnson joined ex-Lions safety Glover Quin for an in-depth conversation on Quin's "The DB Room" YouTube show.

Over the course of an hour-long conversation, Johnson shared stories from his childhood, his time at Georgia Tech, NFL combine experiences and his path to the NFL. 

Johnson was asked by his ex-teammate if he developed a chip on his shoulder since he was selected No. 2 instead of No. 1. 

"Sitting there leading up to the draft, I am like shoot -- boy, I hope I go to Atlanta," Johnson said. "Played my high school ball, played my college ball right here and then, playing in the NFL right here. That would be the best little thing ever. Atlanta got No. 7 -- I might not be there. I hope they trade up to get me."

Johnson added, "I didn't honestly want to go to Oakland. Didn't want to go across the country. Didn't want to go to Detroit. So far north. That's the thing about the NFL. Nobody has control over really where you're going unless you're Eli Manning."

Unfortunately, Johnson's relationship with the sole organization he played for soured when he was asked to return a portion of his signing bonus. 

After an introductory period filled with technical difficulties, Quin corrected the issues.

The interview subsequently starts at approximately the 16-minute mark. 

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Comments (18)
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ATK49
ATK49

It didn't bug me too much what he said. He wanted to play for his hometown team. I have a problem with him saying,,I didn't want to go to Detroit. Didn't need to say that at all

Jmurdock
Jmurdock

Maybe the lions fans are also looking back and saying... Damn we could of drafted Joe Thomas!!!
Calvin needs to shut up..

SpartanSports
SpartanSports

The Lions are one of these worst franchises in the NFL. If you check history, they've always had an issue with their star players at one point or other and usually it revolves around money. They didn't want to pay Barry, Glover, Ball, Blades etc. Yet, Matt Stafford never had to beg for money...

The Karras Gamble
The Karras Gamble

Boy, some of these ex-Lions are whiny bitches. Move on, Calvin.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy

The falcons blew that pick at #8 with Jamaal Adams. I called him one of the 5 worst picks in Falcons history, and that draft was LOADED. They sent 5 picks to the Browns for Julio. Would have been nice to have those picks and Calvin Johnson already.

Lions4Ever
Lions4Ever

I can’t believe how boring that talk was - Why did he keep the part that was jacked up? Lions never heard of editing?!?!!!

DetroitsFinest1
DetroitsFinest1

I bet nobody really wants to be drafted by Lions


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