Wesley Johnson, OT

School: Vanderbilt  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Nashville, TN
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

A three-star high school recruit, Johnson earned the starting left tackle job after redshirting in 2009 and started every game of his college career, setting a Vanderbilt career record for starts (51).

A two-time co-captain, he saw most of his action at left tackle and right tackle, but also kicked inside to guard and center when needed, earning First Team All-SEC honors as a senior and allowing only two sacks the past two years.

Johnson has a limited frame for the next level with average length and overall body strength, but stays light on his feet - better pass protector than run blocker. He struggles with off-balance blocks and needs to keep defenders squared up in order to win. Johnson enters the league with versatile experience and provides depth across the line of scrimmage, but is best suited at tackle or inside at center in the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Light and lean. Coordinated athlete with a smooth lateral shuffle and easy footwork and movement skills. Nice job getting to the second level and blocks well on the move. Good upper and lower body control to mirror and use his body. Understands angles and uses his entire frame to shield. Nice job on combo blocks and throws his body around to get the job done.

Heady awareness. Intelligent and quick learner with strong character on and off the field. Versatile playing experience with time at both tackle spots and guard and center. School record for career starts with 51 (45 left tackle, 6 right tackle). Athletic bloodlines - father played baseball at Louisiana Tech, grandfather played football at Hofstra and in the NFL.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite length with narrow shoulders and a limited wingspan. Doesn't have ideal muscle mass or bulk and will struggle to get much bigger at the next level. Lacks the point of attack strength to control rushers unless squared up and flashes limited power as a run blocker - won't overwhelm defenders.

Struggles to anchor and will play too much on his heels. Hand technique gets wild and needs to keep them inside and tight. Needs to stay balanced and not overextend himself in space. Bad habit of lowering his helmet at the point of attack and losing sight of the defender. Needs to show more aggression to finish blocks once engaged. Only starting experience in college was on the edges.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 5/173 - Wesley Johnson, OL, 6-5, 297, Vanderbilt...Versatile player who started 51 games, mostly at tackle but some at center and guard and that attracted him to the Steelers. Durability also an asset for a team that has had many injured linemen the past few years. - The Sports Xchange


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