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Steelers host Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson on pre-draft visit Friday

And could also be welcoming to Valdosta State cornerback Stephen Denmark to the Steel City as well in the coming days if a report from earlier in the week turns out to be accurate.

Ball State v Toledo Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers once again only welcomed one pre-draft visitor to team facilities on Friday, with Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson the lone guest to end the week.

Commended by scouts for his quick release and ability to create separation, many also question how his relatively undersized frame will translate to the professional level when faced with bigger, stronger, faster competition.

Measuring 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 183-pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, Johnson ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and recorded a 33.5 inch vertical. Reportedly impressing onlookers at a pro day attended by Pittsburgh wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, the former MAC Special Teams Player of the Year led the conference with a punt return average of 18.3 yards a return in 2018.

In three season at Toledo as a receiver, Johnson recorded 135 receptions for 2,235 yards and 23 touchdowns and also finished with 78 kick returns for 1,826 yards and two touchdowns.

The Steelers have now officially used 26 of their 30 allocated visits, with Dravon Askew-Henry, David Long and Miles Sanders all considered local visitors who do not count against their allowance. A scouting report for Johnson can be found below, along with a highlight video.

WR, Diontae Johnson, Toledo

Scouting report from Lance Zierlein of

“Despite a lack of desired size, Johnson might have the ability to play inside or outside thanks to his speed and ability to elude press from his release. He has basketball athleticism, but his routes will need more focus and less freestyle once he steps up in competition. The athleticism and quickness should allow for a wide range of usage on offense but his hands might always be a concern for him. He’s a little small and wasn’t as fast or quick at the combine as expected, so Day 3 in the draft is his likely landing spot as a WR3/WR4 talent.”

The Steelers may only have a few slots let to entertain out of town visitors, but it would appear that Valdosta State cornerback Stephen Denmark could be in line for one of them, as per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle from earlier in the week.