Diontae Johnson

Toledo
WR

Prospect Info

College
Toledo
Hometown
Class
Ruskin, FL
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
183 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.70
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 2
40 Yard Dash
4.53u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.45
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Johnson was one of college football's most versatile weapons over the past three years. He was a first-team All-MAC receiver in 2018, starting all 13 games and leading his team with 49 receptions for 761 yards (15.5 average) and eight touchdowns. Johnson was a first-team all-conference punt returner (13-241-18.5) and second-team kickoff returner (16-412-25.8), as well. He earned the same all-conference accolades as a sophomore, leading the Golden Rockets in receiving (74,1,278-17.3, 13 TDs) while scoring on both types of returns (4-102-25.5, one TD punt return; 30-683-22.8, one TD kickoff return). Johnson contributed in 11 games as a reserve his true freshman season (14-237-16.9, three TD receiving; 33-754-22.8 kick returns), but lost the 2016 season due to a lower-body injury. The Ruskin, Florida, native excelled at receiver his senior year for Lennard High School (35-1,017-29.1, nine TD) but fell through the recruiting cracks a bit because he played quarterback as a sophomore and junior.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Emmanuel Sanders
Overview
Despite a lack of desired size, Johnson might have the ability to play inside or outside thanks to his speed and ability to elude press from his release. He has basketball athleticism, but his routes will need more focus and less freestyle once he steps up in competition. The athleticism and quickness should allow for a wide range of usage on offense but his hands might always be a concern for him. He's a little small and wasn't as fast or quick at the combine as expected, so Day 3 in the draft is his likely landing spot as a WR3/WR4 talent.
Strengths
  • Big-time playmaking potential
  • Touchdowns of 80 (receiving), 83 (punt return) and 98 (kick return) in 2018
  • Has "look out!" talent with the ball in his hands
  • Twitchy mover from whistle to whistle
  • Agile and sudden to slide easily around press
  • Unorthodox but effective in early stages of his route
  • Early acceleration creates early route leads
  • Plays with toughness and fights for his leverage in the route
  • Electric feet for sharp route cuts
  • Gadget talent for screens and sweeps
  • Makes an effort to angle up and wall off safeties in run game
Weaknesses
  • Play strength is below average
  • Needs to trust the route. Tends to freelance and can throw timing of the route off
  • Very raw getting in and out of his breaks
  • Will need to play with much better balance and footwork in routes
  • Lacks desired length and size for deep ball wins
  • Contested catches could be a problem for him at the next level
  • Focus drops are an issue for him
  • Has issues pulling in balls outside his frame
  • Doesn't play with sudden hands.
Sources Tell Us

"Our regional scout had a good grade on him coming into the season so we've kept a close eye on him. He plays with a lot of flare, but I just wonder if it's sustainable when he has better size and quickness over him." - AFC personnel director

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league