Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Bears on Oct. 18, 2015, at Ford Field in Detroit.

MIAMI – Peyton Manning is a lock. Charles Woodson is, too. And to hear some of his contemporaries tell it, Calvin Johnson should be the third first-ballot inductee in next year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Johnson, the former Lions receiver, is not quite the sure thing that Manning and Woodson are. Manning is a five-time NFL MVP; Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner out of Michigan, played 18 seasons and won a Super Bowl and Defensive Player of the Year award.


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