The Los Angeles Chargers made a splash in the 2023 NFL Draft by selecting dynamic wide receiver Quentin Johnston from TCU with their first-round pick. This move comes as star quarterback Justin Herbert enters a contract year, and the team looks to cement an explosive offensive identity under General Manager Tom Telesco, who has expressed his desire to play entertaining football.
Quentin Johnston brings a new skill set to the Chargers’ offense, as a deep threat with the speed to stretch the field and exceptional tracking ability when it comes to catching the ball over his shoulder. Johnston’s ability to make defenders miss and break tackles after the catch adds another layer of excitement to the Chargers’ offense.
Johnston’s impressive catching ability on the run and his skill in making acrobatic catches that challenge many receivers of his size make him a standout talent. His catching radius also allows him to win 50-50 balls downfield, an asset that will undoubtedly complement Justin Herbert’s powerful arm.
Though he may have some tightness in his hips, which affects his breaks, Johnston’s overall ability has drawn comparisons to NFL stars like Tee Higgins and DeAndre Hopkins. His play style is also reminiscent of current Charger Mike Williams, making him a valuable addition to the team.
Johnston’s contribution to TCU’s success was undeniable, and the Chargers are poised to benefit from his talents as they continue to build an entertaining and explosive offense.
While the tight end position could have been in play for the Chargers, it appears they are confident in Gerald Everett‘s abilities and opted for a dynamic wide receiver in Johnson. This might not bode well for Keenan Allen‘s future but for now, the trio of Allen, Williams, and Johnson should be a fun one to watch.
As the Chargers prepare for the upcoming season, fans can look forward to seeing Johnston and Herbert form a powerful connection on the field, adding to an already electrifying offense that aims to excite and entertain.