New Steelers OL Wesley Johnson Likely Needs To Beat Out Guy Whimper To Make Final 53

Being as new Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Wesley Johnson measures in at just over 6’5″ and weighs 297 pounds, he’s not likely going to see many starts at the NFL level at the left tackle position, a position he started 39 games while at Vanderbilt.

Johnson’s position flexibility, however, should allow him to play any other position on the Steelers offensive line.

“The first thing you’ll hear about him is he’s very versatile,” said new offensive line coach Mike Munchak of Johnson. “He’s a guy that’s made over 50 starts in the SEC at all three positions. So he’s a guy that we feel that can come in and play center, guard or tackle depending on where we need him.”

Munchak, however, wouldn’t tip his hand as to where Johnson will initially line up moving forward.

“I think that’s something we’ll see when we bring him in here,” he said.

When you look at all of the offensive linemen that the Steelers currently have on their roster, seven spots on the final 53 appear to already be spoken for baring any injuries. Being as the team will probably only keep a total of nine on the final 53, it looks like Johnson will have to beat out veteran Guy Whimper, who can also play every position on the offensive line except for center in a pinch.

On tape and at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Johnson showed great athleticism and the ability to move out in space. While Whimper was once that athletic when he came into the league back in 2006, his best days are behind him now and thus is prime to be beat out in training camp.

While he only started two games at left guard during his college career, you have to wonder if that’s the position Johnson might get a long look at over the summer in addition to some work at right tackle.

Johnson started all fifty-one games he played in at Vanderbilt and his 51 starting assignments established a school career-record. He registered 252 key blocks/knockdowns during his career and was credited with 50 touchdown-resulting blocks.

  • pat

    I can see him as a starter next yr and a pro bowl player within the next 5yrs. To not weigh as much as a typical LT and have no holding penalties he must have great technique and strength

  • SteelersDepot

    Pretty aggressive optimism, but we all hope you are right nonetheless.

  • Jollyrob68

    More athletic than Whimper & Foster but I’m a big fan of Ramon Foster. Could cause them to trade Gilbert in the summer.

  • Luke Shabro

    Prediction: Steelers have 9 offensive linemen on the 53: Beachum, Pouncey, Foster, DeCastro, Gilbert, Adams, Wallace, Embernasty, Johnson

  • Thomas Rancy

    I’m feeling right tackle for this guy, I wouldn’t even be surprised if they cut Adams

  • Weiss Chad

    I would have tried unloading him already

  • Dom

    Trust me you would be because it’s never gonna happen.

  • Spencer Krick

    Someone’s gotta pick up the swiss army knife position in the O-Line since it turns out Beachum is our LT.


    I really like this pick. He’s just a solid player all around. Hopefully his game translates to the pros.

  • shawn

    Im thinking more of a SOLID Swing guy which with our history is almost as important !

  • shawn

    Sounds good to me … pretty damn good, especially if one of them T can turn the corner (gilbert & adamns)

  • Louis Goetz

    No one has contradicted the claims that this guy: (a) didn’t have a holding penalty called against him once in over 3,000 snaps; and (b) was charged with only one sack last year, even though he faced Clowney and an SEC schedule in the process. That says more about the guy than anything else possibly could. And it’s why I was so amazed that the SEC’s 1st team All American LT was there for the taking at the end of the 5th round. If his accomplishments at the college level can carry over to the pros, imagine what kind of line this team will finally have with Munchak at the helm.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I think this is a munch project he does have future pro bowl written all over him

  • shawn

    he’s undersized with little to no upside to grow in size or talent ,.. thats why he was there in the 5th … as far as his penalties an sacks … they are impressive, but as Alex wrote he had at least 3 holds and i read he gave up 7.5 sacks throughout his career … regardless those are pretty impressive numbers and states that he is definitely smart and disciplined and should have a good chance to compete for our backup swingman !

  • Russian Steel

    well you know he’s smarter than adams or gilbert at least. I bet he’s also better.