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Steelers selected Toledo WR Diontae Johnson with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Johnson (5’11/183) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting at wideout for two years at Toledo, leaving school with a career 137/2,276/24 (16.6 YPR) receiving line. A better special teams than wide receiver prospect, Johnson also scored four times in the return game, twice on kickoffs and twice on punts. His 19.9 yards per punt return average over the past two seasons led the nation. Unfortunately, Johnson underwhelmed in the forty (4.53) and three-cone drill (7.09) at the Combine and is a "trust the tape" prospect with below-par measurables across the board.

Apr 26, 2019, 9:44 PM ET

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Pro Football Focus's Mike Renner lists Toledo WR Diontae Johnson as a potential sleeper in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

"There might not be a more electric player with the ball in his hands than Johnson in this class," writes Renner. Thompson's concerns mostly come from his size, and the fact that his athletic testing (4.53 second 40-yard dash) was only average. "This past season, he was hampered by a downgrade at quarterback from Logan Woodside and a newfound drop habit (eight drops on 57 catchable passes), but the playmaking ability remained," writes Renner. "Johnson broke 10 tackles on his 49 catches in 2018." Assuming he's a Day 3 selection -- and he almost assuredly is - the potential added value is palpable.

SOURCE: ESPN

Apr 19, 2019, 4:55 PM ET

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@Faust

 

I'm going to need you to stop bumping this thread to the front page until all my rookie drafts are over.

If you could do that for me, that would be fantastic.

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Traded up to acquire him at 2.07. Excited about his prospects.

He reminds me of Jarvis Landry in that he does the little things at receiver and doesn't rely of pure athleticism.

 

Plus with Antonio Brown out of town there are plenty of targets to divide between Moncrief, Washington, and Johnson.

My plan is to acquire Washington as well and hope one of those two carves out the WR2 role in Pittsburgh. With Smith-Schuster seeing double coverage, should open up room for somebody else to step up.

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All in

Got him in every dynasty except one where I didn't have an early pick. (my son took him in that league). 

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So Diontae landed on 5 of my dynasty teams, I took him at 3.1, 2.11, 2.7, 2.6, and 2.9. Once JJAW, Isabella, and Butler were gone, I consistently drafted him over Harmon, McLaurin, or Boyd. :drive:

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Mixed feelings about him. He is pretty much baseline athletically. His final season was sub optimal, his sophomore season was great. Considering it was the MAC, that enhances my concerns. People act like the Steelers don’t miss at WR, if that was true Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton would still be relevant on dynasty rosters. Yes, they have a nice hit rate but even if this means Washington was a miss people shouldn’t just hang their hat on that. There are red flags here. My money is still on Washington. He needs to get himself straight but he averages 17 yards per target last year. It’s sort of a crowded field outside of JuJu.

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17 minutes ago, Bojang0301 said:

Mixed feelings about him. He is pretty much baseline athletically. His final season was sub optimal, his sophomore season was great. Considering it was the MAC, that enhances my concerns. People act like the Steelers don’t miss at WR, if that was true Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton would still be relevant on dynasty rosters. Yes, they have a nice hit rate but even if this means Washington was a miss people shouldn’t just hang their hat on that. There are red flags here. My money is still on Washington. He needs to get himself straight but he averages 17 yards per target last year. It’s sort of a crowded field outside of JuJu.

The story is the QB situation got worse his last year.

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Are people excited by him or the fact it was the Steelers, who have been a WR factory, are the team who drafted him?

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15 minutes ago, Spike said:

Are people excited by him or the fact it was the Steelers, who have been a WR factory, are the team who drafted him?

This is the feeling I generally get. It’s a bit more than that though. PFF was very fond of him for his route running proficiency. I did not have him ranked very highly predraft. If you ignore last year it’s easier to be more keen on him.

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1 hour ago, Bojang0301 said:

This is the feeling I generally get. It’s a bit more than that though. PFF was very fond of him for his route running proficiency. I did not have him ranked very highly predraft. If you ignore last year it’s easier to be more keen on him.

It’s also that he was the 10th wr off the board to a good offensive team with what looks to be a winnable competition for the 2nd wr spot. Seems reasonable for the 10th wr taken who landed on a good offense with a decent shot at an early role to go in the 22-28 range. Even without accounting for the Steelers track record developing wrs. I got him at 23, very happy with that.

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I'm high on him long term based on his skill set, but having the skill set doesn't ensure he'll be a great NFL wide receiver. Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates had the skills/athleticism to be great NFL wide receivers, and they flashed sometimes, but when it came down to it they weren't reliable. Martavis Bryant has the skills and athleticism to be one of the best WRs in the NFL, but just hasn't put it all together on the field (not including his off the field issues). I think Diontae Johnson has the ability to be great, but it remains to be seen if he will put it all together.  

I think Johnson will be a solid NFL wide receiver, but his ceiling is a WR2 for me, and since I traded away all my picks lower than pick 1.06, I don't think I'll have him on my team, sadly. 

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Bump. Have done zero prep this year and grabbed this guy in mid-second based on DFF rankings and the combination of the abbreviations PIT and WR. Sorry I don't have much to add, this is just a :blackdot: post for me.

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler lists rookie WR Diontae Johnson as one of the Steelers' surprise offseason standouts.

Fowler called RB Trey Edmunds the biggest surprise for the Steelers this offseason, but he points out Johnson has been catching everything thrown his way. Johnson is competing with James Washington, Donte Moncrief, and others for outside snaps. The 2019 third-round pick averaged 8.5 yards per target as a junior at Toledo last year.

SOURCE: ESPN.com

Jun 14, 2019, 9:56 AM ET

 

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Continues to be a lot of very positive chatter about this young man. Joe Haden was interviewed and raved about him, said he was the most impressive player in camp. 

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2 minutes ago, ffmail4me said:

Continues to be a lot of very positive chatter about this young man. Joe Haden was interviewed and raved about him, said he was the most impressive player in camp. 

All 3 QBs have said positive things about him as well. Ben said he purposefully through him bad passes and Johnson caught them all and Rudolph said he caught everything he threw his way as well. Seems like an abundance of camp hype. More than the usual. Tomlin acknowledged his performance as well in his usual way by saying something along the lines of there’s lots of guys who look good in June let’s see him at camp.

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On 5/23/2019 at 7:30 AM, ffmail4me said:

I watched the Steelers WR coach Drake just gush on him and that sold me. Some VERY high praise, watch this video (go to 1:23 mark) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndvvT0898Zs

 

Wow that’s awesome video! Very powerful information from a highly respectable organization.

Everyone should watch that interview. To hear a coach/scout say forty times mean nothing is awesome.....”turn on the film.”

I will watch that again. I have JuJu already but he’s now a target of mine.

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I got lucky, he wasn't on my radar in last month's rookie draft. Once he started getting buzz and I went to search him, he was already rostered. Then, the owner dropped him and I pounced. He's now tracking at 27 on MFL since June in PPR leagues.

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