Another draft picks signs



The Steelers continue to sign their draft picks at a consistent rate, and when David Johnson came to terms on Friday the team had seven of their nine picks from the 2009 draft under contract.

Johnson, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound tight end from Arkansas State, was the Steelers' final selection, their second pick in the seventh round.

Johnson's statistics did not put him on any All-America teams, but his 22 receptions in 2008 went for 356 yards (a 16.2 average) and five touchdowns.

"David Johnson is a tight end, but he is more of a move-type tight end – he is not the typical 6-4, 6-5 guy but more the 6-2 guy who can move and play some H-back or fullback," said Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert.

The only unsigned players among the draft choices are No. 1 pick Ziggy Hood and third-round pick Kraig Urbik.

The Steelers have had a solid record of getting their draft choices signed before the start of training camp. The last No. 1 pick to miss any time because of a contract situation was Ben Roethlisberger, who signed on Aug. 3 for a camp that opened on July 30.

Since then, the Steelers have gotten Heath Miller, Santonio Holmes, Lawrence Timmons and Rashard Mendenhall signed for the start of training camp.

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