Today, the Steelers announced a new four-year deal for third round pick Diontae Johnson. The Toledo product was taken with the 66th overall pick, which was made possible from the deal with the Oakland Raiders that sent Antonio Brown packing for the Bay Area. Johnson, hailing from the same conference Brown himself played in, was a favorite from the start of the process by Steelers WR coach Darryl Drake.
“He was a guy I wanted. As you get to be around him you are going to love his smile, his personality and his style of play” Drake said via Steelers.com, “Very excited about the pick. He is a guy Steelers Nation is going to get very, very excited about. His personality, his desire, his want to, I have been doing this for 40 years and he was one of the best interviews and guys I have been around in a long time.”
Johnson played three years at Toledo, tallying 135 receptions for 2,235 yards and 23 touchdowns in his time as a Rocket. Johnson’s speed and ability to make defenders miss in space highlights his overall skill set, and his special teams abilities as a return man should see him contribute to the Steelers right away in some form or fashion.
The Steelers still have six players unsigned from the 2019 NFL Draft. Rookie activities begin May 10th for the team.