Quentin Johnston 2023 NFL Draft Profile
Get ready to get uncomfortable. I think the rest of the NFL Draft community is starting to figure out what might be the case for Quentin Johnston. The Kevin White vibes are real and the success rate of Big 12 receivers entering the NFL is a topic of concern. Is the TCU product good enough to overcome his deficiencies? Let’s have a chat about Quentin Johnston in the next iteration of the 2023 NFL Draft Profile series!
The Kevin White flashbacks are real. It’s hard not to notice them. Garrett is also on board with the thought process that Johnston is overrated. If you look at mock drafts now compared to a few months ago, you will find far fewer of them that have the TCU product in the top ten.
The problem is the route running is far from perfect. You have an appreciation for the frame and the skillset, but he’s far from a refined product. It should be okay to admit that. What’s the real route tree here? Will Johnston really be able to master it to the level the NFL requires?
Johnston is such a weird player because his herky-jerky nature helps him at times. He’s almost a mini tazz. Sometimes that’s a good thing. The size, weight, and speed element here is certainly intriguing. When Johnston gets out in the open field, he’s a big body that makes plays. Also has some contested catch ability and made his fair share of circus grabs for TCU. Johnston didn’t run at the combine but I wouldn’t consider him slow. The 40.5-inch vertical number is also elite.
The production part of this is a bit of a mixed bag. Should Johnston have dominated more than he did? How do we feel about the fact that Johnston only had six of Max Duggan’s 32 touchdowns? There were plenty of times this year that it was someone else for TCU making a big play. It felt like Johnston was a sum of the parts rather than a pure number one dominator. Overall, not a bad season for Johnston reeling in 60 catches for 1,069 yards.
The good news is that Johnston is a former four-star recruit. It’s not like TCU found some gem. Evaluators have been in on this talent for a while so it’s not like this is some great surprise. Again, the traits are there. I’m just not sure the pure receiver stuff is.
Good luck. That’s all I have to say. Good luck. I think I’d be okay taking Johnston in the third round full well knowing someone else will take him before I do. Just too much risk to pull the trigger in the first round for me.
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