The only true receiver to make the list. There were multiple rookie wide receivers that could have landed in this spot. However, we selected NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay’s favorite receiver, “The Pterodactyl”, Quentin Johnston from the Los Angeles Chargers.
Johnston, formerly of TCU, was one of the few players everyone else in the AFC West did not want going to the Chargers. Why? Justin Herbert.
Herbert is a gunslinger and his head coach, Brandon Staley, loves to let Herbert launch the ball around the field. The Chargers had the second highest percentage of passing plays compared to running plays in 2022 with 63.8%. Despite the Chargers being that predictable they still won 10 games and went to the playoffs.
Johnston is an imposing figure to join the Chargers receiving room with Mike Williams and Keenan Allen who all stand above 6 feet. Johnston specifically stands at 6’4 and ran a sub 4.5 at his Pro Day. In his final season at TCU Johnston amassed 1,069 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns. Johnston can be a dual threat receiver with the Chargers. Johnston has the ability to take the top off the defense, catch short intermediate throws, and amass yards after the catch.
Why does this make Johnston stand out more than other rookie receivers? Chemistry. One of the issues quarterbacks and rookie receivers face is they are usually strangers (besides Joe Burrow and Jamarr Chase). They have not had time to develop chemistry and figure out how to operate together early in the season. Johnston and Herbert aren’t old friends but they have apparently been clicking in training camp and Johnston is becoming Herbert’s favorite target.
Imagine drafting the favorite target of a team that throws the ball 63 percent of the time? Now imagine drafting him in the 7th, 8th, or 9th round. Johnston will go late because he is a rookie receiver but he has star potential in fantasy. If you don’t believe me about the chemistry see for yourself.