Former Buckeyes captain Johnnie Dixon earns tryout with Cleveland Browns

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Johnnie Dixon
Johnnie Dixon is still pursuing his dreams of playing in the NFL. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

CLEMSON — Johnnie Dixon is still chasing his NFL aspirations.

The former Ohio State wide receiver will participate in the Cleveland Browns rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout. During his final season with the Buckeyes back in 2018, Dixon was a team captain and helped lead Ohio State to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl crown in Urban Meyer’s final season with the team.

A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Dixon was a leader in the Ohio State locker room. He overcame knee issues early in his career with the Buckeyes to have strong junior and senior season. Across his career, he helped Ohio State win the 2014 national championship and secure three Big Ten titles. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound wideout was one of the top targets for Dwayne Haskins and J.T. Barrett during his time in Columbus. He finished his collegiate career with 67 catches for 1,146 and 16 touchdowns.

“As long as he stays healthy, when he’s been healthy, he’s been pretty unstoppable. Coach [Urban] Meyer has done a great job up there. He’s got a chance to be special [in the NFL],” Dwyer (West Palm Beach, Fla.) coach Jack Daniels told Lettermen Row while Dixon was still in college.