Projected 40: 4.43 Strength: Rare Athleticism Weakness: Catch Technique
Quentin Johnston's athletic potential is through the roof. Not just the combine stuff, but actual football stuff. He's what I call an "unlocked athlete." Pure movement skill is a large part of the Route Running grade. With wide receivers, we're looking for 3 main things:
Hip Sink - ability to drop weight and rapidly change direction as with curls & hitches
Lateral Slide - time & distance of lateral displacement as with release and horizontal square cuts
Curvilinear Transition - ability to bend around a curve as with digs, wheel and speed cuts
When an athlete is "unlocked" it means that he has access to every route in the tree. He could theoretically run anything you ask (there is nothing that you would specifically avoid). This does not mean he is a perfect mover like Ja'Marr Chase or that he understands the appropriate techniques for every route like Justin Jefferson. It just means that he is not athletically limited. No doors are closed.
Quentin Johnston could run anything you ask. This Post-Comeback is a great example of his athletic potential.
Earlier this year, I highlighted the way two ELITE route runners, Jerry Jeudy and Devonta Smith, executed this same route.
This route is for your loose movers. They didn't dial this up for AJ Brown or Courtland Sutton. You need a butterglider to hit it. The TCU playcaller said "Yeah let's keep this in the bag for the CFP, for the best competition, when we need it the most. And we'll have 6'4" Quentin run it." That speaks volumes.
Back to the actual play (scroll up if needed). It's an incomplete pass. And it's not specifically Duggan's fault. Quentin fails to drive out of his break. He's waiting to see the ball. Expecting to find it and go to it, rather than getting to the spot that Max is throwing. But that's a decision. A thing you develop by practicing the timing and running it several times over with your quarterback after practice. There's so much good in this rep. His pace is elite. He bursts to the inside post cut and he whips his head inside to sell the post (just like Devonta!) Then he drops anchor incredibly fast. By the time the DB gets his hips around, Quentin has a good 3.5 yards of separation. It's phenomenal. This is what it means to be unlocked. Everything else in football is highly trainable. Eyes and hands can be coached. Feet and hips like this are a gift.