Route Running – Johnson projects as a technician at the next level due to his route running. There are no wasted movements and he has high levels of technical savvy. More of a refined route runner than a nuanced one, as he isn’t one to create a ton of separation with fakes or double moves. However, his refinement does lead to consistent throwing windows. Operated with a full route tree and has had success on all types of route breaks. Aligning from every receiver position, Johnson has experience beating press coverage and finding openings against zone.
Athleticism/Speed – Realistically, Johnson will just be an average athlete by NFL-standards. In some ways, his athleticism matters a bit less than other wide receivers, because of his nearly-flawless technique and strong hands. His agility drills should be passable, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him run a below-average 40-yard dash as his straight-line speed is only decent. Well-built for the wide receiver position with a filled out frame.
Hands/Ball Skills – KeeSean Johnson might just have the strongest hands in the NFL Draft class. He catches everything. If the football touches his hands, expect him to catch it. Natural ball skills and will pluck the ball out of the air. Can win contested spots and make acrobatic catches. Like many young receivers, Johnson can struggle a bit with contact. However, he’s definitely above average in that regard, as he has impressive body control. Excellent along the boundary.
Ball Carrier – Wouldn’t label Johnson a dynamic ball carrier, but he is passable with the ball in his hands. Does an excellent job transitioning from receiver to runner and getting vertical. Not a ton of shiftiness and moves in the open field, but he will pick up yards moving forward through contact. It’s fair to say that Johnson fits the mold of a “possession” receiver, much more so than one who is game-breaking as a ball carrier.
Stalk Blocking – Johnson’s effort never lacks, as his motor is always running. This translates well to his blocking, as he will cut off defensive backs and move them off their spot. Approaches with good pace and rarely overruns his mark, matching the movements of the defensive back with lateral movement.
Versatility – Johnson has experience aligning at every receiver spot, but may project better with more reps in the slot for the NFL. Well-rounded route runner who will easily assimilate into an NFL offense, but I wouldn’t quite qualify him as ultra-versatile because of his standard athleticism.
BEST TRAIT – Hands
WORST TRAIT – Ball carrier
RED FLAGS – None
Johnson will be highly ranked by me, as his skillset screams a high floor prospect. His future role is easy to see on film, as he will be a reliable possession receiver who can align anywhere and expose matchups. While his ceiling may be slightly limited, he will produce because of his refined route running and strong hands. This gives him value, especially on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. While I don’t envision him as being the #1 target for an NFL team, if Johnson is an NFL team’s third option, then their passing offense will be cooking.