NFL Draft Profile: Quentin Johnston

As the NFL's annual free agency frenzy comes to a close, it's time for teams to look forward to the year's best and last chance to improve their rosters: the NFL Draft. As April 27th approaches, we'll look at the prospects most likely to transform a franchise's fortunes.

The Player: Quentin Johnston, Wide Receiver

No team in college football surprised last year quite like TCU, and wide receiver Quentin Johnston was a huge reason why. The Horned Frogs battled all the way to the College Football Championship game, and Johnston led the team with 1069 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The season didn't quite end like he might have wanted, but it was still a magical year for the junior. He firmly placed himself on the NFL radar after two relatively anonymous seasons.

The Tools:

Johnston has length (6'3", 33 5/8" arms) and impressive leaping ability (40.5" vert, 11'2" broad) working in his favor. He also has a well-built, sturdy frame (208 lbs) that absorbed contact well and created yards after catch opportunities in college. He doesn't have too many spectacular catches away from his body on tape, but he should do well on contested catches and appears to have the necessary mindset to punish tacklers at the next level. His pro day on March 30th will reveal just how quick he is, but as of now, he looks like a poor man's Julio Jones.

The Verdict:

Johnston is a tough, powerful wide receiver who should be able to run a full route tree in the NFL and prove punishing with the ball in his hands. His production in college wasn't spectacular, but TCU didn't truly become a credible team until his last year. If he runs fast at his pro day, he should tempt teams in the middle of the first round. 

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