Remember when wide receivers were tall drinks of water with long, lean strides that saw them gallop down the sidelines? In a draft full of Randall Cobb's, Quentin Johnson is a throwback stud boundary wide receiver. He may not be as fast or as quick as some of his draft contemporaries, but his production was DYNAMITE and he can start as an X immediately.
Deep routes, contested catches, jump balls, goal line fades - Quentin Johnson is your guy.
Position: Wide receiver
School: TCU (Jr)
Measurables: 6'3, 208 pounds
Combine notes: He ranks in the 97th percentile for the broad jump at 134 inches, ran a sub 4.5 second 40-yard dash at TCU's Pro Day. He also had the second highest vertical leap out of all wideouts with a 40.5 inch takeoff. Gotta be the shoes.
Where he wins: Just throw him the ball. His catch radius and long stride means he is ALWAYS OPEN.
Areas for improvement: Can struggle to get off the line and needs some help with his footwork/route running.
A leader of the Horned Frogs and destroyer of Power-5's, Quentin was selected first-team All-Big 12 in both 2021 and 2022. He had inconsistent stat lines throughout his career but when the lights were brightest, he put up big boy numbers.
Here's what he did throughout three years versus ranked opponents. As a Horned Frog.
15 OK State - 114 yards (2020)
4 Oklahoma - 185 yards (2021)
12 Baylor - 142 yards (2021)
19 Kansas - 206 yards (2022)
8 OK State - 180 yards (2022)
10 K State - 139 yards (2022)
2 Michigan - 163 yards (2022)
Big Q shows up when the lights are brightest.
He can fly.
He took the National Championship loss in stride when asked about it at the combine.
Perfectly. Although the selection doesn't make a ton a sense. Johnson is a big bodied WR drafted to a team with Mike Williams. Maybe they can co-exist, but I am unsure that all of these skill position players can work on the field at the same time. There is only one football, right? Maybe this spells the end of Keenan Allen, but I don't believe Quentin Johnson fits the role Keenan employs.
Regardless, Herbert gets another weapon. Hopefully one that can stay healthy. If the Chargers can unlock Big Q, this offense will be terrifying.