A three-time All-Pro and the NFL's record holder in receiving yards in a season, there's little doubt Calvin Johnson is the most feared receiver in the game. When he's healthy, of course.
Apparently, there was a time when Johnson could hit the long ball, too.
Baseball America, in its weekly "Ask BA" segment, listed the Lions wide receiver as one of the top five NFL players who had the potential to play in the majors.
Johnson was No. 1 on the list, which ranked the players according to their NFL abilities — not baseball potential.
"A scout who saw Johnson play in high school (Sandy Creek High, Tyrone, Georgia) said he hit the ball as far as anyone he's ever scouted," Baseball America's J.J. Cooper wrote Monday.
The scout tempered that evaluation, according to Cooper, saying, "I thought he was (former major league outfielder) Jermaine Dye, but he was so raw at the plate. It was tough. ... He would be a two-year rookie ball guy."
Johnson, undoubtedly, chose the right sport. After starring for three years at Georgia Tech, where he was the 2006 Biletnikoff Award winner and a two-time All-America, Johnson has established himself as the NFL's best at his position. He's twice led the NFL in recieving yards, including in 2012, when he set an NFL record with 1,964 yards on a season-leading 122 catches in 2012.
Johnson, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, has 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns this season. The Lions (5-2) play the Falcons (2-5) on Sunday in London.