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1.06 – Quentin Johnston (WR)
Quentin Johnston has easy and immediate speed that jumps off the screen on film. Johnson is a RAC specialist. With his loose hips, he transitions from receiver to runner fluidly. His burst is automatic. His juice and his upper body strength make him a frustrating player for defenders to wrap up consistently. Johnston ranked 11th in missed tackles forced and sixth in YAC per reception last season (minimum 50 targets). Johnston has all the raw skills to fulfill his potential as a No. 1 option in a passing game as an X receiver. He still has plenty of development hurdles to cross to get there, though. Johnston isn’t a nuanced route runner. While his first step is explosive, allowing him to gain immediate separation on drive routes, he lacks the extra polish that could really make him shine. Johnston doesn’t consistently stack corners on nines. While he has won in college by running by corners, that won’t be as easy in the NFL. He ran primarily comebacks, gos, and crossers toward daylight at TCU. When he’s changing direction on posts and corners, he needs to do a better job selling the vertical stem. The same can be said for comebacks and curls. While Johnston can flip his hips easily, he needs to do a better job of selling the vertical element. His jab steps are pronounced. His sloppiness with these routes allows corners to hang with him or close quickly. Johnston’s physicality after the catch doesn’t show up at the catch point. Considering his size, he needs to be stronger at the point of attack. He limped to 34.8% and 36.8% contested catch rates over the last two years. He also dealt with concentration drops at times.
2.06 – Zach Evans (RB)
Zach Evans spent his first two college seasons at TCU, seeing seldom usage alongside fellow 2023 draft prospect Kendre Miller. Evans was the clear frontrunner in the backfield to start his sophomore campaign but suffered a turf toe injury that cut his 2021 season short. Evans would go on to transfer to Ole Miss at the start of the 2022 season, where he posted his best college counting stats to date with a 17% dominator rating. However, he failed to fully take over the backfield as he did at TCU, losing out on touches to freshman running back Quinshon Judkins. The fact that Evans has struggled to fully take over a backfield at the college level is a major red flag as he makes his way into the NFL, but his efficient play when on the field suggests he can deliver when called upon. His career average of 3.47 yards per play ranks second best among the incoming rookie RBs I sampled for this article. Yards per play is a great indicator of future success with recent late-round standouts in that category the past two years including Elijah Mitchell, Rhamondre Stevenson, Rachaad White, and Tyler Allgeier. Evans also boasts ideal size at 5-foot-11 and 202 pounds — albeit the weight he measured was much lighter than his listed weight at Ole Miss (216 pounds). He did not test after suffering a hamstring injury in training.
3.06 – Darnell Washington (TE)
Washington is a nasty customer in run blocking. With his size and physicality, he can manhandle incoming tacklers. He was lined up in the backfield and utilized as a lead blocker plenty of times. Washington’s towering build (6-foot-7) can allow him to be chopped down, but he displays surprising bend. Washington might never be a high-volume target in the NFL. His height will make him an automatic weapon in the red zone. His catch radius is massive, and his body control (especially considering his size) is eye-opening when paired with his pair of soft hands. He can adjust quite well to low passes and poorly thrown balls. Washington looks lumbering in the open field with build-up speed that can get stopped in its tracks if he’s contacted early after the reception. If you allow him to build up steam, he can swat incoming tacklers like pesky gnats.
4.06 – Rakeem Jarrett (WR)
5.06 – Jonathan Mingo (WR)
Mingo is an inconsistent separator. Mingo can gain enough separation to haul in contested catches, but you won’t see Mingo sending anyone to the shadow realm on a route. His upper body strength shows up in blocking, fighting through press, and after the catch. Mingo can make some things happen after the catch with his dense lower half. Mingo was utilized on screens for 18.4% of his target volume in 2022. He ranked 11th in YAC per reception (minimum 15 screen targets) on screens last season.
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