After it was reported yesterday that the Falcons were hosting Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a similar report surfaced. This time it is TCU’s Quentin Johnston that will visit Atlanta on a top 30 pre-draft visit, according to Ian Rapoport.
— #LSU DE BJ Ojulari is in NY for a Top 30 visit with the #Jets tomorrow. He's got the #Bucs, #Panthers, and #Texans after that.
— #TCU WR Quentin Johnston is on a visit with the #Titans now, then he has the #AZCardinals tomorrow, #Vikings and then #Falcons.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2023
I believe JSN is the top receiver in this class, and I don’t think it’s particularly close. The former Buckeye was the best receiver on a loaded 2021 Ohio State team that sent two first-round pass catchers to the league. Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave were the two best first-year receivers in 2022, and JSN was better than both of them at Ohio State.
Granted, the Falcons’ preference for pass catchers doesn’t exactly align with Smith-Njigba’s profile — slight and finesse. He’s a route-running aficionado and possesses elite ball skills. Johnston is closer to Kyle Pitts and Drake London — a physical, big-bodied pass catcher that thrives after the catch. He averaged 17.8 yards per catch last season and forced 24 missed tackles on his receptions, tied for the fifth-most nationally. Those attributes certainly matchup with Atlanta’s past selections at the position.
Still, Johnston at 8th overall would be a bit rich for my blood. Top 30 visits never designate anything concrete, but they shouldn’t be totally disregarded. Landing a player like Quentin Jonhston later in the draft would be much more palatable.
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