player-picture
  • ILB
  • Buddy Johnson

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Age
  • CollegeTexas A&M
  • DraftedRD 4, PK 35 (2021)
Height6-0
Weight229

Preseason

Player Rankings
Overall Rank #623
High Overall Rank #104
Low Overall Rank #622
LB Rank #150
High LB Rank #68
Low LB Rank #160

In many ways, Johnson is a younger version of Vince Williams. The rookie fourth-round pick is a throwback to the days of the big physical run stopper at inside linebacker. He was a rock versus the run as a two-year starter for Texan A&M but was limited in coverage due to average speed and change of direction. Like Williams, Johnson can get pressure up the middle as a pass rusher. He recorded four sacks and forced a pair of fumbles as a senior last season. Johnson could see some playing time as a rookie but it is more likely he will earn a living on special teams while he develops for a year or two.

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