Quentin Johnston is already turning heads at Chargers mini camp

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The LA Chargers selected TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston with the 21st overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. It was a surprising selection at the time as Johnston was not someone who was on many Chargers fans' radar heading into the draft.

Johnston was a polarizing draft prospect leading up to the NFL Draft in Kansas City. There is legitimate potential for Johnston to be one of the best receivers in the entire league. However, there are also some flaws in his game that could really hurt his transition to the NFL. He is the definition of a boom-or-bust prospect.

Luckily, Johnston was drafted to the perfect team as he has an elite quarterback to throw him the ball and he is not going to be asked to do too much right away. Johnston will have time to develop into a WR1 and that is going to be made easier with Justin Herbert under center.

While it might take Johnston some time to have a truly great season, he is already turning heads during Chargers mini camp. Johnston looks as polished as it gets despite not playing a single NFL snap yet, which is getting Chargers fans on social media excited.

Quentin Johnston could have an even bigger role on the Chargers than imagined in 2023

There is still a lot of time before the start of the 2023 season and Johnston has to prove himself in training camp and in the preseason. But if the early indications mean anything, it looks like Johnston might have a bigger role in his rookie season than imagined.

As it stands right now, the WR3 job is probably still Joshua Palmer's to lose simply because of his experience in the NFL. But if Johnston continues to impress his team and coaches then we could see him get the lion share of snaps over Palmer once the 2023 season actually rolls around.

This is backed up by the immense praise that Herbert has for his rookie receiver. Granted, he is not going to go to the media and say bad things about Johnston but it is hard not to buy into Johnson when Herbert is selling him so hard to the media.

This is not only a great start to his rookie season but this could be a great sign for Johnston's future with the Chargers. There is a chance that the 2023 season is Keenan Allen and/or Mike Williams' last, so Johnston is going to have to step up in 2024 and beyond.

if he is already getting this kind of praise so early into his tenure with the team then it is hard to blame fans for being confident about what Johnston can bring to the table both this season and in the future.