Quentin Johnston

Quentin Johnston

WR - LAC
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College: TCU
Los Angeles Chargers

2023 Season Outlooks

If you're looking for a comp for Johnston, you could do worse than looking across the locker room at Mike Williams. Both are big-bodied receivers drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft who have had some separation and route-running question marks. Williams averaged 71.7 yards per game at Clemson, and Johnston averaged 73 at TCU. The Chargers are hoping Johnston does a better job staying healthy, but they'd be thrilled if Johnston could give them what Williams has per game the last two years. In rookie drafts, Johnston is a surefire first-round pick in all formats who could go as early as No. 4 in one-QB leagues. In redraft, leave him for the double-digit rounds unless Williams misses time in training camp with his back injury.

The 21st overall pick of this year’s draft, Johnston brings an impressive combination of size, downfield ability, and after-the-catch skills to the Chargers.

He joins a WR corps topped by Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. But Johnston has a good shot to claim the #3 WR job right out of the gate.

And, in what should remain a pass-heavy offense under new OC Kellen Moore, that could be enough to make the rookie a 2023 fantasy asset.

Consider him an upside bench stash in redraft leagues and a spike-week WR5 in best ball.

What We Learned Last YearJohnston is coming off a 60-1,069-6 line in his junior season at TCU. He accounted for 31% of the Horned Frogs’ receiving yards and 22% of the receiving scores.Johnston led his team in receiving yards (487) as a true freshman in 2020 and then led in receiving yards (634) and TDs (6) in 2021, despite missing three of 12 games.He left school with a huge 19.0 career yards-per-catch average.Johnston is a weapon on deep balls, totaling 23 catches 20+ yards downfield for 959 yards and 11 TDs over the past three seasons. He ranked 37th among 284 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus’ deep receiving grades last year.Johnston is at his best after the catch, with an impressive combination of power, agility and speed. He averaged 8.3 yards after the catch for his college career.At 6’3 and 208 pounds, Johnston recorded a 93rd percentile vertical jump (40.5”) and 97th percentile broad jump (134”) at the Combine. He clocked a 40 time in the 4.5 to 4.55-second range at his Pro Day. Johnston registered an 87th percentile Relative Athletic Score.The main knock against Johnston is that he plays small at the catch point, converting just 42.7% of his contested opportunities over three college seasons, according to PFF.The Chargers selected Johnston with the 21st overall pick of this spring’s draft. He was the second WR off the board – one spot behind Jaxon Smith-Njgba and just ahead of Zay Flowers and Jordan Addison.
What to Expect in 2023Johnston faces stiff target competition in Los Angeles. Keenan Allen is coming off his sixth straight season of 6+ catches and 70+ yards per game. Mike Williams has averaged 5.0 catches, 74.9 yards and 0.5 TDs across 27 healthy games over the past two seasons. And Josh Palmer caught 72 balls for 769 yards last year.Don’t expect Johnston to out-target Allen or Williams this year. But he’s certainly capable of passing up Palmer, a 2021 third-rounder who ranked just 57th among 80 qualifying WRs in Pro Football Focus’ 2022 receiving grades.The Chargers have finished top 6 in pass attempts and yards in all 3 seasons with QB Justin Herbert.They made an OC change this offseason, replacing Joe Lombardi with Kellen Moore. But this should remain a pass-heavy offense. Three of Moore’s four Cowboys offenses ranked top 10 in both pass attempts and yards. Ten WRs were selected between pick 16 and 26 over the previous five drafts. Here’s where they ranked in PPR points per game as rookies:Calvin Ridley: 27thD.J. Moore: 56thMarquise Brown: 55thJustin Jefferson: 10thBrandon Aiyuk: 19thCeeDee Lamb: 35thJalen Reagor: 100thKadarius Toney: 65thJahan Dotson: 44thTreylon Burks: 70th

Johnston was selected in the first round of April's draft. The TCU product is a big, athletic and fast receiver who had some struggles with drops, but was heavily targeted (24% share) and terrific after the catch (career 8.4 RAC was best in this year's rookie WR class) in 32 collegiate games. He posted one of the biggest wingspans, verticals and broad jumps at April's combine, which just added to his appeal/upside as a vertical, boundary (87% perimeter at TCU) receiver. Johnston will begin his career behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, but this offense has big upside with Justin Herbert under center. Target Johnston with a late-round pick, as he'll be a WR3/flex option if Williams or Allen misses time.

2023 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#105

PPR

#108

Half-PPR

#101

Superflex

#143

2023 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
52.4 719.5 4.4

2023 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#113

Pick 10.05

PPR

#112

Pick 10.04

Half-PPR

#106

Pick 9.10

Superflex

#168

Pick 14.12

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Medium

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