Stephen Hill isn't the top wide receiver in this year's crop of draft prospects, but that hasn't kept him from comparing himself to
Johnson and Hill have some similarities, starting with the fact that both went to Georgia Tech.
They're both big, but Johnson's bigger - 6-5, 237 pounds compared to 6-4 and 215 for Hill.
Both are fast, running the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds going into their respective draft years. Johnson did it in 2007, when the Lions drafted him second overall. Hill did it this year, but he'll probably be a late first-round pick at best.
When asked at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year who he compared himself to, Johnson was Hill's obvious choice.
"I can say Calvin Johnson because he has the speed, he has the height to jump up and go get it," Hill told reporters. "Yes, he's bigger. He's 'Megatron.' I know that.
"But that's who I compare myself to."
It would be a reach to put any receiver in this year's draft in the same class as A.J. Green and Julio Jones, the first two receivers drafted last year.
Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State is the consensus pick to be the first receiver drafted. Michael Floyd of Notre Dame and Kendall Wright of Baylor also have first-round grades.
After that, the draft order for receivers will unfold the same way it does any year. Teams will draft receivers who fit their needs and their model for the position. Some want size. Some want speed. Some want versatility.
Coby Fleener of Stanford is No. 1 in a crop of tight ends that is thin on talent and depth.