Grading the Arizona Cardinals 2019 NFL Draft class

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Sixth Round (Pick No. 174)

KeeSean Johnson – WR (Freson State)

The 174th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, KeeSean Johnson has outplayed his draft status despite bouncing around the NFL. He definitely isn’t going to be a full-time NFL starter, and you can argue he’s best suited to play in the fledgling USFL.

However, Johnson continues to stick around NFL locker rooms, and he’s currently serving a stint with the San Francisco 49ers. He spent all of 2021 on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad, so his best days so far have come in Arizona.

As a rookie, he logged 21 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up in 2020 with 15 catches on 23 targets and 175 yards, good for 11.5 yards per catch. So Johnson played better than his fellow 2019 draftees Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler.

Grade: C

Johnson didn’t show the Cardinals enough to stick around long-term. But he has 36 catches, and a touchdown on his resume, which is more than most sixth-round picks can claim.