Wesley Johnson picked by Pittsburgh in 5th Round

May 10, 2014

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NEW YORK CITY - Vanderbilt offensive lineman Wesley Johnson was selected in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday. He was the No. 173rd overall pick of the NFL Draft.

Johnson, a fifth-year senior from Nashville, becomes the second standout off Vanderbilt's 9-4 2013 squad taken in the draft. All-America wide receiver Jordan Matthews was selected in the second round No. 42 overall by Philadelphia.

Johnson, who started the most games of any player in Commodore history, is the fourth Vanderbilt offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft in the last seven years, joining Ryan Seymour (Seattle, 2013), Thomas Welch (New England, 2010) and Chris Williams (Chicago, 2008).

Johnson is the first Commodore selected by Pittsburgh since linebacker Ed Smith was taken in the 13th round of the 1979 left.

As a senior co-captain in 2013, Johnson earned All-SEC recognition from the Associated Press and league head coaches. A preseason candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy entering his final season, Johnson set a Vanderbilt record with 51 consecutive starts. The streak also marked the longest streak in the SEC.

Johnson, a product of Nashville's Montgomery Bell Academy, is one of the SEC's most versatile linemen, having played left and right tackle, right guard and center during his four-year career.

As a senior, he started every game at left tackle, earning consideration for the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Johnson was credited with 56 knockdown blocks and 25 intimidation blocks during the 2013 season.

A superb pass protector, Johnson allowed just two quarterback sacks during his junior and senior seasons. He also didn't receive a holding penalty until his final season.

Johnson also earned the SEC's Offensive Lineman of the Week recognition after four performances during his career, the most honors ever by a Vanderbilt player. As a senior, he received the honor for his effort in Vanderbilt's victory over Georgia.

Johnson also earned Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-America honors after the 2010 season.

Johnson completed his undergraduate degree in history last December.

Vanderbilt Draft Picks in Last 20 Years
Year Player NFL Team Draft Selection
2014 Jordan Matthews, WR Philadelphia 42nd pick, 2nd Round
Wesley Johnson, OL Pittsburgh 33rd pick, 5th Round
Andre Hal, DB Houston 1st pick, 7th Round
2013 Zac Stacy, RB St. Louis 27th pick, 5th Round
  Ryan Seymour, OL Seattle 14th pick, 7th Round
2012 Casey Hayward, DB Green Bay 30th pick, 2nd Round
  Tim Fugger, DE Indianapolis 7th pick, 7th Round
2010 Myron Lewis, DB Tampa Bay 3rd pick, 3rd Round
Thomas Welch, OL New England 1st pick, 7th Round
2009 D.J. Moore, DB Chicago 19th pick, 4th Round
2008 Chris Williams, OL Chicago 14th pick, 1st Round
Earl Bennett, WR Chicago 7th pick, 3rd Round
Jonathan Goff, LB N.Y. Giants 30th pick, 5th Round
2006 Jay Cutler, QB Denver 11th pick, 1st Round
2005 Jovan Haye, DL Carolina 15th pick, 6th Round
Justin Geisinger, OL Buffalo 23rd pick, 6th Round
2003 Hunter Hillenmeyer, LB Green Bay 31st pick, 5th Round
2001 Jamie Winborn, LB San Francisco 16th pick, 2nd Round
Matt Stewart, LB Atlanta 7th pick, 4th Round
John Markham, PK N.Y. Giants 29th pick, 5th Round
Jimmy Williams, DB Buffalo 33rd pick, 6th Round
1999 Fred Vinson, DB Green Bay 16th pick, 2nd Round
1998 Corey Chavous, DB Arizona 3rd pick, 2nd Round
Jamie Duncan, LB Tampa Bay 23rd pick, 3rd Round
Anthony Jordan Indianapolis 12th pick, 5th Round
1996 James Manley, DT Minnesota 15th pick, 2nd Round



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