According to NBC Sports’s Josh Norris, the Denver Broncos had a pre-draft visit with former Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson today.
Johnson is a 5’10”, 183lb wide receiver who played his college ball at Toledo. He ran a 4.53 40-time at the NFL Scouting Combine and is compared to current Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders by NFL Network’s draft analyst, Lance Zierlein.
Here is what Zierlein has to say about Johnson in his scouting report for him on NFL.com.
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.
Johnson played a total of three seasons at Toledo and put up some solid numbers during that time. During his three-year career at Toledo, Johnson totaled 135 receptions for 2,235 yards, and 23 touchdowns. This past season he totaled 49 receptions for 761 yards, and 8 touchdowns.
The Broncos have a young group at wide receiver that includes second-year players Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton while also having youngster Tim Patrick in the mix as well. Veteran starter Emmanuel Sanders is recovering for an Achilles injury so when he’ll be able to hit the field and his effectiveness when this does happens remains a question. He is also entering the final year of his deal, so the Broncos need some depth options in place going forward.
I expect Johnson to go sometime on day three on the 2019 NFL Draft and also where I expect the Broncos to potentially select him.