PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
Spread/Outside X WR
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
At 6-4 212lbs, Johnston is a unique prospect compared to the other top WR's we have evaluated. Johnston is a lengthy player who has natural outside X WR ability. Johnston combines his length with speed and quick twitch ability that he uses to stack defenders over the top for explosive gains. He is not just a deep field threat; he can attack a defense at all three levels where he defeats coverage with his elite-level short area quickness. Johnston can also go up and get the football in traffic using his frame to wall off a defender. He plays with excellent body control and can win at the catch point. He possesses a smooth crossover ability at the line, allowing him to get a free release vs. press coverage, but he does not always win vs. press. He tends to start his routes upright; he will need to learn how to skinny his frame at the snap if he is going to be elite at the NFL level.
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
In the run game, Johnston will be an asset as a blocker where he can use his frame and length to gain leverage on defenders.
In 2021, Johnston led the Horned Frogs in both yards, receptions, yards per reception, and TD catches. He would go on to earn first-team all-Big 12 honors. Johnston has a knack for the big play. As a true freshman in 2020, Johnston averaged 22.1 yards per catch, the highest ever by a true freshman Big 12 WR. Vs. the Sooners in 2021, Johnston posted a career-best 185 yards on seven receptions and three TD's. Johnston's growth in 2021 was tremendous, leaving many to believe that the sky is the limit for Johnston moving forward.
(Instant Impact Potential)
(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter
(High Upside Potential)
(6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level
(6.6-6.5) Low-Level Starter
(6.4) Starter Level Potential
(6.3) Limited Opportunity/Displays Starter Level Traits When Given the Opportunity
(Role Player Potential)
(6.2) Situational Starter/System Dependent/Role Player
(6.1-6.0) High-Level Backup/Developmental Starter Traits
(5.9) Career Backup Level
(5.8) Potential Backup Level/Needs Development To Become a #2
(5.7) Depth Player/#3 Level Depth Player
(Practice Squad Potential)
(5.6-5.5) Depth Player/#4 Level Depth Player/Practice Squad
(5.0-5.4) Priority Free Agent