WR KeeSean Johnson, Fresno St.

6’1” – 201 lbs. – 4.60
Has been a starter since his redshirt freshman season, in which he caught 37-364-2. Became a highly-productive receiver the following year, going 66-773-6, then following that up with 77-1,013-8 and 95-1,340-8 to conclude his career as the team’s all-time leading receiver. Has an adequate combination of size, length, and bulk for a pro receiver. Takes snaps from both the slot and from the outside of the formation, predominantly the former during the games reviewed. Has pretty clean footwork to release at the line of scrimmage against press coverage; can also create opportunities for fades, getting opposing corners into his hip pocket. Pretty crisp route-runner who does a good job of selling double moves and has some snap to his patterns at the stem. Works a lot of short hitches under off-coverage, and can use the threat of going deep to run deep curls and work back to the ball. Will need to win with route-runner at the next level, as he’s not one of the faster receivers in this year’s class; can also struggle to come down with contested catches and alligator-arm throws before contact, although he otherwise offers a reliable pair of hands when he’s got separation. Good tracking and body control on fades and back-shoulder throws. If not the most elusive receiver, is at least a pretty competitive runner with the ball in his hands and was also fed on tunnel screens, shallow crosses, and the aforementioned hitches. A smooth accelerator who wastes little time getting upfield to pick up yards after the catch; much of his production came on getting the ball on shorter throws and turning them into first downs. Seemed like his responsibilities on rushing downs involved running clearing routes more than stalk blocking, but demonstrates good competitiveness/effort in the latter capacity, working to stick with opponents through the whistle. That said, effort is more impressive than results at this point, as he can struggle to line up and successfully engage opponents in space. A prospect who produced at a high level with the Bulldogs, and who combines good route-running and a reliable pair of hands, but who doesn’t really have any outstanding physical or athletic gifts, which may make it difficult for him to gain separation against pro cornerbacks. Consequently, may end up being more of a mid-round consideration who doesn’t require teams to use too much imagination but who also might not offer the highest upside.

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