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I love the player, was shocked they took him in the 60’s. Then again, once you get to round 3 teams boards are so different from each other. They go get what they need or a player they like, rankings be damned.

Guys like this usually go later in the draft, doesn’t mean he won’t work out. Steelers WR room is very interesting.


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I agree guys, but was just looking for some info on the kid. Like I said, didn’t know a lot about him.
He just looks very ordinary, and we know how the Steelers put on blinders when they fall in love with a player. Here’s hoping he works out...


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I agree guys, but was just looking for some info on the kid. Like I said, didn’t know a lot about him.
He just looks very ordinary, and we know how the Steelers put on blinders when they fall in love with a player. Here’s hoping he works out...



Ordinary? Lol

Explosive with the ball in his hands, excellent route runner, far from ordinary. Watched him take over and control games for the past few years.

But then again I guess he’s not 6’4” and one dimensional like Hakeem Butler....who still hasn’t been drafted.

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Orangesteel wrote:
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What were the knocks on Mr. Big Chest coming out of Central Michigan?

Why did he last until the 6th round?


Small
Slow
Dumb
Arrogant
Level of competition

5’11 185 pound WRs are a dime a dozen.
He didn’t test as well as you’d like to see a smaller receiver perform, played fast though
Too dumb to get into FSU, kicked out of FIU for fighting security. Needed hand held at CMich.
Reportedly had massive ego, potential diva qualities at C Mich.
Played MAC schools, how would he perform playing big time corners every week.


So the writing was on the wall :lol: :lol: :lol:


Yeah, only took 9 years for that writing to solidify though.

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Charles Demarr wrote:
Jobus Rum wrote:
I agree guys, but was just looking for some info on the kid. Like I said, didn’t know a lot about him.
He just looks very ordinary, and we know how the Steelers put on blinders when they fall in love with a player. Here’s hoping he works out...



Ordinary? Lol

Explosive with the ball in his hands, excellent route runner, far from ordinary. Watched him take over and control games for the past few years.

But then again I guess he’s not 6’4” and one dimensional like Hakeem Butler....who still hasn’t been drafted.

OK then...I stand corrected.


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swissvale72 wrote:
Orangesteel wrote:
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Small
Slow
Dumb
Arrogant
Level of competition

5’11 185 pound WRs are a dime a dozen.
He didn’t test as well as you’d like to see a smaller receiver perform, played fast though
Too dumb to get into FSU, kicked out of FIU for fighting security. Needed hand held at CMich.
Reportedly had massive ego, potential diva qualities at C Mich.
Played MAC schools, how would he perform playing big time corners every week.


So the writing was on the wall :lol: :lol: :lol:


Yeah, only took 9 years for that writing to solidify though.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd round pick 66 Dionte Johnson WR Toledo
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Still Lit wrote:
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Yeah, only took 9 years for that writing to solidify though.


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Very nicely done. I knew what the GIF was before it loaded enough for me to watch it, and that's without having seen the MWC episode.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd round pick 66 Dionte Johnson WR Toledo
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haha Bruce Arians sent Darryl Drake a bag of dicks for taking Diontae Johnson!!!!

at least in NFL terms

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd round pick 66 Dionte Johnson WR Toledo
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This dude looks far from ordinary, at least at the collegiate level.

If he can be this year's Martavis, this team could be something really special.

FUCK AB. Filthy cocksucker.

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haha Bruce Arians sent Darryl Drake a bag of dicks for taking Diontae Johnson!!!!

at least in NFL terms


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What is the over - under on when Bruce gets his starting QB killed?

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Looks like Diontae is going to war #18 according to his twitter account.


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Looks like Diontae is going to war #18 according to his twitter account.

I so wanted them to give him 84...
Maybe Gentry?


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Maybe Gentry?


That would be pretty funny. Big plodding TE instead of jitterbug WR.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd round pick 66 Dionte Johnson WR Toledo
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Jobus Rum wrote:
I agree guys, but was just looking for some info on the kid. Like I said, didn’t know a lot about him.
He just looks very ordinary, and we know how the Steelers put on blinders when they fall in love with a player. Here’s hoping he works out...


His first name sure as shit isnt ordinary.

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What's his 40 time? Looks slow as shit.



If he was coming out as deep threat yeah the 40 time would be a concern. He isn't and he is explosive where it matters: in his breaks & initially at LOS.

40 time is always misleading. Miles Boykin ran a great 40 time but the time it takes him to get up to that speed means CBs can smother him in his routes and unless a QB has time for a long developing route or throws back shoulder? Boykin tends to disappear.

Johnson was not drafted to take the top off defenses. He was drafted because he runs excellent routes and gets open quickly in short & medium range areas. If that can translate to the NFL I doubt many of us will be complaining about his 40 time.


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steelclan wrote:
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What's his 40 time? Looks slow as shit.



If he was coming out as deep threat yeah the 40 time would be a concern. He isn't and he is explosive where it matters: in his breaks & initially at LOS.

40 time is always misleading. Miles Boykin ran a great 40 time but the time it takes him to get up to that speed means CBs can smother him in his routes and unless a QB has time for a long developing route or throws back shoulder? Boykin tends to disappear.

Johnson was not drafted to take the top off defenses. He was drafted because he runs excellent routes and gets open quickly in short & medium range areas. If that can translate to the NFL I doubt many of us will be complaining about his 40 time.


Moreover, there are multiple ways to beat someone deep. If you can use shiftiness to beat a player off the LOS you can threaten deep if they are playing bump and run without a Martavis Bryant deep threat.

With all that said, the best deep threats are the guys who can combine a couple of ways. Think like Moss who had the speed to beat you but could also go up for a catch.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd round pick 66 Dionte Johnson WR Toledo
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https://triblive.com/sports/versatile-new-steelers-receiver-diontae-johnson-a-natural/


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Joe Rutter | Monday, May 6, 2019 6:59 p.m.



Jason Candle was entering his first game as coach at Toledo when necessity required him to expand the role of freshman wide receiver Diontae Johnson in the 2015 Boca Raton Bowl.

Alonzo Russell, Toledo’s top receiving threat who is now with the New York Giants, was ineligible for the first half against Temple because of a targeting penalty he received in the Rockets’ season finale. Candle, promoted to head coach when Matt Campbell left for Iowa State, turned to Johnson, who had just 12 catches in the regular season.

Johnson’s first-half contributions were modest: two catches for 28 yards. But they came against Temple cornerback Tavon Young, soon to be a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens and now the highest-paid slot corner in the NFL.

“That was a clear picture that this guy had the ability and talent level to do it and do it on a consistent basis,” Candle said Monday, referring to Johnson. “If he put it all together and kept his career path on the right trajectory, he could be something special.”

Three and a half years later, Candle’s belief was rewarded when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Johnson in the third round of the NFL Draft.

A quarterback until his senior year of high school in Ruskin, Fla., Johnson was a late bloomer who became a two-time all-conference selection as a wide receiver and return specialist before the Steelers chose him over some bigger-name, higher-profile draft candidates with the No. 66 overall pick.

“We believe that this kid is just a natural football talent,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said.

Although Candle shared the thought, Johnson’s path from bowl game starter as a true freshman to third-round NFL selection didn’t follow a linear trajectory.

Johnson lost his entire sophomore season at Toledo to a medical redshirt because of a broken foot that he suffered in practice.

In hindsight, Candle thinks Johnson benefited from spending that year on the bench watching Cody Thompson, an undrafted free agent this year with the Kansas City Chiefs, compile 1,264 receiving yards.

“He was able to come in here and make an impact early as a freshman, but it probably was unfair to him,” Candle said. “He probably was not ready to play as a freshman from a maturity standpoint. He was so talented and so good, that we threw him into the fire.

“Having to sit out as a sophomore was hard on him emotionally, but it probably put things in perspective for him of how quickly things can be taken away from you. … He also had a chance to sit back and see how guys went about their business away from the field and how they paid attention to the little things that leads to success on the field.”

Johnson discovered that success as a redshirt sophomore. He caught 74 passes for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns while also taking a punt and kickoff return the distance.

“He was a hungry, motivated guy,” Candle said.

Johnson’s receiving numbers dropped to 49 catches for 761 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but he continued to excel on special teams by averaging 18.5 yards per punt return and 25.8 yards on kickoffs.

Johnson left school with a year of eligibility remaining and graduated Saturday with his classmates.

“His best attributes are the reasons why the Steelers drafted him,” Candle said. “He has elite change of direction and the ability to separate from defenders. He can win one-on-one matchups. Anytime you have that capability, you have the ability to become the team’s No. 1 receiver. He had the ball skills to match that.”

Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake was intrigued when coach Mike Tomlin asked him to watch tape of Johnson during the team’s scouting preparation ahead of the draft.

“When I saw him, I said, ‘I see why you want me to watch this guy,’ ” Drake said. “He’s a very talented and gifted player. The film doesn’t lie. It tells you want you need and then the more homework you do, you either confirm it or you say, ‘No, he’s not quite what you thought he was.’

“Our consensus was this guy’s got it.”

Drake said he made several trips to Toledo to meet with Johnson, whose 5-foot-10, 183-pound frame and slippery running style has drawn comparisons to another Mid-American Conference late bloomer: Antonio Brown.

Candle said “multiple teams” met frequently with Johnson, but he was happy to see the Steelers spend a third-round pick on his star receiver.

“It’s often when guys get drafted because teams think they are a really good fit,” Candle said. “It’s rare for a team that drafts somebody, and the player also really thinks it’s a good fit. I think this is one of those situations.”


Story sounds good. I was not aware he didn't start playing WR until he was senior in high school. He seemed to pick it up pretty quickly it could also be one of the reasons he acclimated to the WR position so well because he understood what to look for in the passing game from the other side of the ball.

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https://triblive.com/sports/versatile-new-steelers-receiver-diontae-johnson-a-natural/


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Versatile new Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson ‘a natural’

Joe Rutter | Monday, May 6, 2019 6:59 p.m.



Jason Candle was entering his first game as coach at Toledo when necessity required him to expand the role of freshman wide receiver Diontae Johnson in the 2015 Boca Raton Bowl.

Alonzo Russell, Toledo’s top receiving threat who is now with the New York Giants, was ineligible for the first half against Temple because of a targeting penalty he received in the Rockets’ season finale. Candle, promoted to head coach when Matt Campbell left for Iowa State, turned to Johnson, who had just 12 catches in the regular season.

Johnson’s first-half contributions were modest: two catches for 28 yards. But they came against Temple cornerback Tavon Young, soon to be a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens and now the highest-paid slot corner in the NFL.

“That was a clear picture that this guy had the ability and talent level to do it and do it on a consistent basis,” Candle said Monday, referring to Johnson. “If he put it all together and kept his career path on the right trajectory, he could be something special.”

Three and a half years later, Candle’s belief was rewarded when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Johnson in the third round of the NFL Draft.

A quarterback until his senior year of high school in Ruskin, Fla., Johnson was a late bloomer who became a two-time all-conference selection as a wide receiver and return specialist before the Steelers chose him over some bigger-name, higher-profile draft candidates with the No. 66 overall pick.

“We believe that this kid is just a natural football talent,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said.

Although Candle shared the thought, Johnson’s path from bowl game starter as a true freshman to third-round NFL selection didn’t follow a linear trajectory.

Johnson lost his entire sophomore season at Toledo to a medical redshirt because of a broken foot that he suffered in practice.

In hindsight, Candle thinks Johnson benefited from spending that year on the bench watching Cody Thompson, an undrafted free agent this year with the Kansas City Chiefs, compile 1,264 receiving yards.

“He was able to come in here and make an impact early as a freshman, but it probably was unfair to him,” Candle said. “He probably was not ready to play as a freshman from a maturity standpoint. He was so talented and so good, that we threw him into the fire.

“Having to sit out as a sophomore was hard on him emotionally, but it probably put things in perspective for him of how quickly things can be taken away from you. … He also had a chance to sit back and see how guys went about their business away from the field and how they paid attention to the little things that leads to success on the field.”

Johnson discovered that success as a redshirt sophomore. He caught 74 passes for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns while also taking a punt and kickoff return the distance.

“He was a hungry, motivated guy,” Candle said.

Johnson’s receiving numbers dropped to 49 catches for 761 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but he continued to excel on special teams by averaging 18.5 yards per punt return and 25.8 yards on kickoffs.

Johnson left school with a year of eligibility remaining and graduated Saturday with his classmates.

“His best attributes are the reasons why the Steelers drafted him,” Candle said. “He has elite change of direction and the ability to separate from defenders. He can win one-on-one matchups. Anytime you have that capability, you have the ability to become the team’s No. 1 receiver. He had the ball skills to match that.”

Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake was intrigued when coach Mike Tomlin asked him to watch tape of Johnson during the team’s scouting preparation ahead of the draft.

“When I saw him, I said, ‘I see why you want me to watch this guy,’ ” Drake said. “He’s a very talented and gifted player. The film doesn’t lie. It tells you want you need and then the more homework you do, you either confirm it or you say, ‘No, he’s not quite what you thought he was.’

“Our consensus was this guy’s got it.”

Drake said he made several trips to Toledo to meet with Johnson, whose 5-foot-10, 183-pound frame and slippery running style has drawn comparisons to another Mid-American Conference late bloomer: Antonio Brown.

Candle said “multiple teams” met frequently with Johnson, but he was happy to see the Steelers spend a third-round pick on his star receiver.

“It’s often when guys get drafted because teams think they are a really good fit,” Candle said. “It’s rare for a team that drafts somebody, and the player also really thinks it’s a good fit. I think this is one of those situations.”


Story sounds good. I was not aware he didn't start playing WR until he was senior in high school. He seemed to pick it up pretty quickly it could also be one of the reasons he acclimated to the WR position so well because he understood what to look for in the passing game from the other side of the ball.


Ben didn't play QB until his Sr year in HS- he was a WR

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Ben didn't play QB until his Sr year in HS- he was a WR


Wasn't the coach letting his son start at QB when it probably should of been Ben?

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Ben didn't play QB until his Sr year in HS- he was a WR


Wasn't the coach letting his son start at QB when it probably should of been Ben?


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The Steelers signed one of their third-round draft picks, Diontae Johnson, to a four-year contract. The team selected Johnson with the 66th pick overall, a pick acquired from the Oakland Raiders in the Antonio Brown trade.

Johnson, a receiver from the University of Toledo, is someone his position coach, Darryl Drake, was thrilled the team was able to grab and is looking forward to what he will bring to the offense.

“I basically fell in love with him after spending time dining with him and talking with him and seeing his passion for the game, for wanting to be great and his passion for his teammates,” said Drake. “Just a tremendously gifted young man. The most natural catcher I have seen in a while.

“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. 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 said he knows the team gave him a huge opportunity by drafting him, he doesn’t plan on letting them down.

“I’m glad I’m with the Steelers and I’m ready to show them what I can bring to the table,” said Johnson. “They’re taking the chance on me and I just want to let them know they made the right decision.

“I’m going to give them all I got.”


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