Over the curse of this year’s NFL Draft, it became abundantly clear that the Los Angeles Chargers liked what they saw out of the TCU Horned Frogs during their 2022.
By the end of day 7, it appeared the Chargers were trying to completely recreate the TCU passing game.
They spent their first pick on wide receiver Quentin Johnston before adding another receiver from the team, Derius Davis, in the 4th round and even drafted quarterback Max Duggan in round 7.
In spite of all of the time the organization must have spent watching film of the national runners-up from last season to make these picks, it seems their head coach seriously misremembers one of their most important games.
According to Fantasy Points’ Scott Barrett, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said that he believed Quentin Johnston was the best player on the field for TCU’s 3 most important games.
Brandon Staley on Quentin Johnston:
"I thought, in the 3 biggest games of the season — against Kansas State, Michigan, and Georgia — I thought that he was the best player on the field. And that's saying a lot because there were a couple of Round 1 picks from among those teams."
— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) May 4, 2023
For two of those games, Staley could absolutely be right. Johnston was spectacular at the Fiesta Bowl, making 6 catches for 163 yards, including the 76-yard TD that ended up sealing the win for TCU.
He had a big impact on the Big 12 title game as well, making 4 catches for 139 yards. You could argue that Duggan was the best player for the Horned Frogs that day and Deuce Vaughn has a strong case after running for 130 yards and a touchdown for the team that actually won the game, but this is at least an acceptable take.
Calling Johnston the best player in the national title game is absurd. He had 1 catch for 3 yards in the game as his team lost by 58 points. There were plenty of players that were better than him that day, including a couple who were drafted ahead of him last week.
Most NFL coaches are prone to some hyperbole when discussing their latest draft picks, but this is just way too big of a stretch.