As the NFL season winds down, FantasyPros will be taking a look at early NFL draft scouting reports before the combine in March. Here’s a look at Quentin Johnston.
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2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Quentin Johnston (WR – TCU)
6’4″ – 215 lbs.
Four-star recruit who made an impact as a true freshman, catching 22-487-2 (22.1). Role has expanded in each of the two subsequent seasons, putting together a line of 33-612-6 (18.5) as a sophomore and 59-1,066-6 (18.1) as a junior heading into the national championship game.
Three-year producer and team captain with escalating output. Big-bodied receiver who took snaps both inside and outside. Has quick feet to get even and release at the line against press. Surprisingly fast and explosive for a player of his size, with some nuance to his deeper routes to stack defenders in his hip pocket, subtle head-fakes, and swims at the top of routes. Willing to work over the middle of the field. Settles into soft spots against zone coverage. Impressive leaper who’s able to go up and high-point passes when targeted down the field; could develop into a weapon in the red zone at the next level. Physical after the catch to fight for additional yardage, with an impressive ability to make defenders miss in space; has a signature spin move after the catch, can lose opponents with back-jukes, and does a nice job of navigating through congestion in the screen game. Was schemed screens, shallow crosses, and other patterns designed to get him the ball with room to work. Flashes the physicality to line up opponents and engage in the run game.
Game-to-game output was a little bit inconsistent; huge games and relatively forgettable ones. Lined up almost exclusively on the left side of the formation; would look to see his footwork from the other side a little bit more. Route tree was a little bit limited; mostly go routes, curls, in-cuts, screens and crosses. Could flatten out some of his routes a little bit to avoid drifting into contested catch situations. Would like to see him use his frame to shield defenders from the ball a little bit better; not the most aggressive at the catch point. Doesn’t always work back to the ball out of breaks, allowing defenders back into the play. Spin move after the catch worked beautifully off of curls and in-routes in college but is a little bit predictable. Turned down some crack block opportunities off of over-route looks.
A real weapon who can take the top off of defenses downfield or create after the catch on underneath routes, his incredible combination of physical and athletic tools could make him one of the first receivers off the board on draft day. Doesn’t post up opponents and shields them from the ball quite as well as anticipated, but flashes the ability to climb the ladder and could bully opponents with a little bit more attention to detail.
Projection: Round 1
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