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Falling in love & changing his colors

Giving his all: The Steelers selected Diontae Johnson with their first pick in the third-round, the 66th overall, and the receiver from Toledo was excited to be headed to Pittsburgh.

Johnson made a pre-draft visit to the Steelers and was a fan of what he saw.

"I love the place" said Johnson. "I like the energy from Coach (Mike) Tomlin and the general manager around the building. I just felt like I was already on the team once I stepped foot in the building."

Now that he is part of the team, Johnson said he will bring plenty of energy with him.

"They're going to get everything I've got in me," said Johnson.

View photos of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 third round pick, WR, Diontae Johnson

Falling in love: Darryl Drake has seen a lot of football in his 40 years of coaching. And he has seen a lot of football players.

So for him to talk as glowingly as he did about the team's third-round pick, wide receiver Diontae Johnson, you know the guy has to be something special.

"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. I appreciate Kevin (Colbert) and Mike (Tomlin) seeing the same things I saw in this young man. 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."

Changing his colors: Justin Layne grew up a Cleveland Browns fan. It was only natural, being from Cleveland and his father being a diehard Browns fan, who even painted rooms in the house in the Browns colors.

Might be time for the house to be repainted.

The Steelers selected Layne, the defensive back from Michigan State, with their second pick in the third round, the 83rd overall.

"My dad threw away all his Browns stuff," said Layne. "He has his Steelers stuff on now. We are taking all of the Browns stuff down now.

"I kind of had a feeling (the Steelers were going to draft me). It's a feeling I had. It was about rivals. They are a rival of the Browns. I am now closing that chapter."

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