Grading the Chargers' 2023 Rookie Class

The Los Angeles Chargers 2023 NFL Draft class left much to be desired, especially first-round pick Quentin Johnston.

Dec 23, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1)
Dec 23, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) / Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Chargers had a rough 2023 season, as they went 5-12, saw multiple players go down with injuries, including franchise QB Justin Herbert, and fired head coach Brandon Staley. 

If all that wasn’t enough, the Chargers 2023 draft class didn’t set the world on fire, which doesn’t give fans a lot of hope heading into next season. Fans had a ton of expectations for first-round pick Quentin Johnson, who was playing alongside Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. 

However, things didn’t go as planned for the rookie receiver. Below, we’ll hand out our grades for the Chargers’ 2023 rookie class and break down what happened this season.

Quentin Johnston, WR – Round 1, Pick 21, Grade: D+

The rookie wide receiver struggled mightily in his first season in the NFL. After an outstanding final season at TCU, fans were intrigued by Johnston's big-play ability in Los Angeles’ offense.

However, Johnston didn’t live up to those first-round expectations, as he had 38 receptions (67 targets) for 438 yards and two touchdowns. Johnston's best game of the season happened in Week 14 against the Broncos (three receptions for 91 yards). 

With Williams missing most of the season with a torn ACL, Johnston had a prime opportunity to take hold of the No. 2 receiver spot but didn’t. Josh Palmer had the same amount of catches (38) as Johnston, but notched 581 yards and two touchdowns.

Chargers fans hope that it isn’t a sign of things to come for Johnston, as he’ll have a bigger role next season with uncertainty around Allen and Williams. A D+ is harsh for your rookie season, but Johnston should get to a B if he takes that next step this offseason.