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    FRED JOHNSON FLA F/A WITH POTENTIAL 6'7" 326lbs

    So Marcus Gilbert leaves and I thought going into the draft I would look at some game tapes of top tackles. Watched a few guys and thought Juwaan Taylor of Fla was very good. Watching some of Florida games ,O line highlights and Taylor highlights n he wasn't the only guy who jumped out. So you don't always want to watch a guys highlights but watch highlights of others on the team n see if someone else pops as we used to say.
    So for this large guard there is a bunch of good for a free agent:

    Knee bend is good.

    Hands are a bit grabby but turns his defender and walls off quickly.

    Finishes blocks but will need to finish better at the pro level.

    Gets to defenders on 2nd level n because of his size can shield off and keep the lane open.

    Pulls ok on traps n he was able to get to the penetrator and wall off.

    Pass pro thought he was very solid because he moves his feet well which is nice for a big man.

    Stays on his feet and can handle the bull rush because of size.

    Arm length is good and keeps defenders off his frame.

    Keeps head on a swivel and picks up stunts better than average.

    Hand punch when employed was strong.


    Negatives :


    Looks to have only played right guard.

    Not the smoothest player, more technique work needed in hand placement and could get nastier in finishing blocks and not settling for the wall off.

    Had at least two false starts against Miss St who has an excellent DL that included Simmons.

    To have a chance at the next level he must play more than 1 position. Could he kick to RT ? IDK, Left guard ? Perhaps. If he can flip or somehow stay on the right side and play some RT he may have a shot .

    Low side he gets smoked at camp and a free ride down route 30.

    Mid range he makes PS n improves enough to compete in 20.

    Ceiling is he could develop into a starting LG in 20 or 21.

    So do not make Canton plans for him yet but at least he has upside and should be a interesting watch at Latrobe.
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    Shawn Sarrett has a nice piece of clay to mold here so lets hope he could fill MM's shoes and get the most out of this rook

    Games watched ...Georgia & Mississippi St

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    I'd feel a lot better about this guy if we still had Munch working with the OL. Like you said, let's hope Sarrett can fill Munchak's shoes.

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    Nice breakdown IC. Looking forward to seeing how he pans out.

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    isn't 6'7" tall for a guard? sounds more like he should take some reps at RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    isn't 6'7" tall for a guard? sounds more like he should take some reps at RT
    Yeah it is but not much DeCastro n Foster are both 6'5. If you can play you can play. Now he'll likely get some RT reps but I'm not sure his lateral quickness is good enough to go n excel at RT but we'll see at Latrobe n in pre-season. If he sticks and I'll say even at PS level, which I think he has a good shot at, he likely has to handle both guard positions.
    Last edited by Iron City Inc.; 05-06-2019 at 06:19 PM.

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    Steelers have 13 offensive linemen with a case to make the 53 man roster.

    Villanueva-Foster-Pouncey-DeCastro-Feiler/Okorafor
    Finney
    Hawkins
    Banner
    Gray
    Morris
    F. Johnson
    G. Brumfield

    Competition will create excellent depth.

    https://twitter.com/Alex_Kozora?ref_...Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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    Three Under-The-Radar Offensive Players Worth Watching During Steelers Training Camp

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on July 15, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 training camp will get underway later next week and as we count down the final days until the team arrives at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, itís also worth discussing a few under-the-radar players ahead of the first practice taking place at Chuck Noll Field a week from Friday. Today weíll discuss my three under-the-radar offensive players ahead of the start of training camp and none of them were draft picks. All three are currently considered to be very long shots to ultimately make the teamís 53-man roster.

    G Fred Johnson Ė The next Ramon Foster? Sure, thatís a little strong, but thereís no doubt that Johnson enters the NFL with a few similar traits that Foster had when he came out of Tennessee. After initially playing some at right tackle at Florida, Johnson, who measured in at this yearís scouting combine at 6071, 326-pounds, ultimately found a permanent home at right guard. While not the most athletic specimen, Johnsonís above-average technique as a run and pass blocker at Florida made his play easily stick out on tape. He pulled some to the left at Florida as well with good results most of the time. On paper, the Steelers are set when it comes to offensive line spots on their 2019 53-man roster. However, one injury to interior player between now and the start of the regular season could result in a spot being available for Johnson to grab. During training camp and the preseason it will be interesting to see if Johnson stays exclusively on the right side and if he gets some limited work at left guard. Johnson received the second highest signing bonus of this yearís undrafted players signed by the Steelers so that tells you quite a bit about how they felt about him.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/07/th...training-camp/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Steelers have 13 offensive linemen with a case to make the 53 man roster.

    Villanueva-Foster-Pouncey-DeCastro-Feiler/Okorafor
    Finney
    Hawkins
    Banner
    Gray
    Morris
    F. Johnson
    G. Brumfield

    Competition will create excellent depth.

    https://twitter.com/Alex_Kozora?ref_...Ctwgr%5Eauthor
    Add Tackle Damian Prince from Maryland to that list

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    Sounds like an O-line that could be/should be road graders when it all shakes out. Maybe dominate time of possession hopefully.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

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    An O line with some depth. Team depth overall is solid. An area where perhaps that depth could lead to a trade prior to the pre-season ending. Be nice for a change where we pick up an extra draft pick ( even a late selection) at the end of camp instead of trading one away because we're thin somewhere.

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