TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, announcing his decision on social media.
Johnston played three seasons for TCU and was named All-Big 12 First Team wide receiver in 2022. By declaring for the NFL Draft, he surrenders his senior year of eligibility along with a COVID waiver given to all athletes who participated in college athletics in 2020.
To some draft observers, the 6-foot-4 Temple, Texas, product could be the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the NFL Draft. Also competing for that top wide receiver spot are USC’s Jordan Addison and Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba, both of which declared early as well.
Johnston’s 1,609 yards last season is second-most by a pass-catcher in TCU history. He battled injuries during the back half of the season but made it through the entire season as the Horned Frogs made history as the first Big 12 team to win a College Football Playoff game, defeating Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl.
TCU lost to Georgia in the National Championship Game.
In three years with TCU, In three years, Johnston posted 115 catches for 2,190 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 19.0 yards per catch for his career.
Johnston is just the latest in a talented class of Horned Frogs to head for the NFL.
Among those TCU players who are leaving early are quarterback Max Duggan — who won the Davey O’Brien Award and was second in Heisman Trophy voting — running back Kendre Miller, All-American offensive lineman Steve Avila and Jim Thorpe Award winner Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson.
Other Horned Frogs, such as wide receivers Taye Barber and Derius Davis, are eligible for the draft because they are out of eligibility.
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