As we have been talking about for months now, the Dallas Cowboys are in the market for wide receiver help. With about a week from free agency and possible moves to be made, the team could still look for help early in the draft.
While there is some debate about exactly the type of wide receiver the Dallas Cowboys need, Quentin Johnston certainly can fill all needs, no matter which side your preferences fall on. With size and speed, Johnston gives the Cowboys a receiver on the outside they haven’t had for a while.
With CeeDee Lamb as the current top option on offense, there is a lack of speed and size on the offensive roster. Michael Gallup had a bad 2022, and while some of it might be recovering from injury, there is a fear he may not live up to the contract the team handed out to him.
Having an outside receiver like Johnston can allow Lamb to move around more with Gallup. The idea would be to create mismatches for one or both or to hopefully have teams pick their poison and let Johnston run free.
The Dallas Cowboys are looking for wide receiver help and Quentin Johnston fits everything the team could be looking for
Johnston has a huge frame, standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 210. With the ball in his hands, he can break arm tackles, make a move, and using quick acceleration, picks up yards quickly.
As a route runner, Johnston sinks his hips and makes sharp cuts. Between the acceleration and cuts, Johnston creates his own separation. He thrives in zone or off coverages. He sees the holes in zones and moves toward them with a suddenness that you like to see.
The downside to Johnston is a bit of a common issue among college wide receivers as of late, and that is getting off press coverage. Too often he allowed corners to get into his chest before he made a move to break free or release. This will throw him out of his route and allow defensive backs to stay in step with him. For all of his size, there are some instances where he isn’t physical enough in contested catches. He has the frame and ability, it might just be coaching at this point.
Johnston did not run the forty at the Combine, but the talk has been he should be around a 4.4. The combination of speed and size would be a huge boost to a Dallas Cowboys offense that really lacked dynamic players. Johnston would be the day one “X”, which would let both Lamb and Gallup move around.
If Johnston falls just a little bit to the Cowboys, he could be too good to pass up.