4 non-QB prospects the Carolina Panthers could draft at No. 9 overall

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Carolina Panthers could draft Quentin Johnston

  • Wide Receiver | TCU Horned Frogs

D.J. Moore has given it his all. He’s a fan favorite and for good reason – the guy plays hard-nosed football as any Carolina Panthers player should. But he’s been somewhat limited by suspect play-calling and terrible quarterback play since entering the league.

There are just some wide receivers that walk onto the field with physical attributes and abilities that not many others can stake claim to. That may very well be the case for Quentin Johnston.

Johnston has the measurables of an alpha wide receiver at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. However, he hit a late growth spurt to reach that physical stature.

Tommy Garrett of Pro Football Network provided great insight into how Johnston developed his game, specifically his route running:

"In the lead-up to the national championship, Johnston stated he modeled his game after DeSean Jackson, De’Anthony Thomas, and Tavon Austin. Guys try to emulate players of similar stature, and because Johnston didn’t hit his growth spurt until later, he was training as a slot receiver."

A receiver of Johnston’s size and athletic ability – coupled with the route-running prowess and mindset of a slot receiver – is a rare combination. And at only 21 years of age, there’s plenty of development left to draw out of the already impressive prospect.

Taking the sole focus off Moore has to be a priority for this Panthers offense moving forward. Johnston could certainly help fast-track that process.