Steelers Select OT Wesley Johnson in the Fifth Round

WESLEY JOHNSONOffensive LinemanVanderbilt University Commodores6-5, 297Nashville, TennesseeMontgomery Bell Academy5th Round – 173rd Overall

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Johnson started all 51 games he played in at Vanderbilt, including a total of 39 at left tackle, three at right tackle, two at left guard and seven at center…His 51 starting assignments established a school career-record…Registered 252 key blocks/knockdowns and was credited with fifty touchdown-resulting blocks…Also produced 172 blocks that led directly to Commodore first downs.

Johnson received All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and the league's coaches, adding second-team accolades from the Associated Press…Named to the watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy…Started all 13 games at left offensive tackle, delivering a team-high 88 key blocks/ knockdowns (61), as he produced a school record twenty-two touchdown-resulting blocks for a team that found the end zone thirty-four times on the ground…Helped the offense generate 4,765 yards and score 391 points…Garnered SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy consideration...Played nearly every Vanderbilt offensive snap (880) as a senior...Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for a team-record fourth occasion after effort in victory over nationally ranked Georgia that included four blocks that led directly to Vanderbilt touchdowns…Charged with just one of the 33 sacks given up by the front wall.

Johnson received All-SEC honorable mention from the Associated Press and was on the Outland Trophy Watch List…Opened the season starting at left tackle, but closed out his junior campaign with three starting assignment on the right side…Was the team's top lineman with 79 key blocks/knockdowns and 13 touchdown-resulting blocks, as he guided a young offense amassed 4,936 yards (379.69 ypg)…Helped pave the way for a rushing attack that averaged 166 yards per game and a passing attack that averaged 214 yards per game...Recognized as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in shutout win at Kentucky, in which Johnson and the offensive line paved the way for 227 yards on the ground and 220 yards through the air. His SEC honor was his third weekly award from the league, the most ever by a Vanderbilt offensive lineman...The Commodores produced a season-best 29 first downs and converted 11-of-17 third down conversions in the win vs. the Wildcats.

Johnson earned the Anchor Award as the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year...Started all 13 games, but rarely settled in at one position, as the chronicle of those moves saw the junior start at center for the first four games before moving to left tackle vs. Alabama and Georgia. That would follow a move back to center vs. Army before shifting back to left tackle vs. Arkansas and Florida. Johnson slid over to left guard for the Kentucky and Tennessee clashes before settling back at center vs. Wake Forest and Cincinnati (Liberty Bowl)…His ability to play every position was crucial to team's success culminating in the Liberty Bowl appearance, only the fifth time in the school's history that they appeared in a postseason contest...Played virtually every offensive snap for the Commodores for a second consecutive season...A key member of the offensive turnaround that had the Commodores scoring 10 points more points per game than previous year...Captured SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for the second time in his Commodore career for his performance in a victory over Ole Miss...Helped pave the way for junior running back Zac Stacy to set single season school records with 1,193 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.

Johnson put together a solid first college season at left tackle, earning All-SEC Freshman Team and Freshman All-American second-team honors…Named the league's top offensive line freshman by the SEC coaches…Consistently graded among the top performers on the Commodore line, despite being outweighed by virtually every opposing defensive lineman he faced…Named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week and earned his team's similar recognition after an excellent blocking performance in Vanderbilt's win at Ole Miss.

Despite redshirting during his first year of campus, Johnson impressed the coaches and teammates with this athleticism as an offensive line prospect...Showed the staff the ability to play all three positions on the offensive line...Named the team's postseason Offensive Scout of the Year award, and also was singled out for his practice contributions after the Louisiana State game...Dedicated in the weight room, Johnson added fifteen pounds of bulk during his first year on campus.

Johnson attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, where the team's captain started in each of his last three seasons on the offensive line, twice earning Division II-AA All-State honors, including unanimous recognition in 2008…Was an All-State Academic team selection and served as vice-president of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization…Finalist for Division II Lineman of the Year as a senior and named to the Nashville Tennessean's "All-Dream Team" and Division II All-State team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association…Helped the team to get to the state playoffs in 2008 and conclude a 13-0 state championship season in 2007…Standout discus thrower on the track and field squad, earning two letters in wrestling, in addition to performing as a weightlifter, holding the team's power clean mark of 335 pounds.

Johnson is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient…Son of Arlene and David Johnson…Father played baseball at Louisiana Tech...Grandfather played football at Hofstra and briefly with the Baltimore Colts...Worked "Backfield in Motion" camps for local youth...Born Wesley Vadnais Johnson on 1/09/91…Resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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