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Steelers select Texas A&M inside linebacker Buddy Johnson in the fourth round at 140th overall


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The Steelers had two fourth-round picks and both their selections came out of Texas A&M. They drafted offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr. at 128th overall and 12 picks later they selected linebacker Buddy Johnson at 140th overall.


Johnson is a good run defender that needs to improve in his coverage abilities but should be an instant contributor on special teams. The Steelers needed depth at the inside linebacker position as Marcus Allen and Ulysees Gilbert III have not really panned out so far.


Johnson stands at 6 feet, 230 pounds and finished his four-year career with 209 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for losses, 6.5 sacks and a pick-six.


Below is a scouting report on Johnson by The Draft Network.


"Buddy Johnson is a four-year player that has started in 23 games (played in 47 career games) over the past two seasons. An instinctive and physical player as a MIKE linebacker, he was at the center of the Aggies' attack. A bit of a throwback player at the position, he's a strong run defender. Attacking the first level with plenty of energy and bad intentions, he's been able to accumulate lots of action in that variety. Pass coverage is where his biggest improvements will need to come, as he has lots of stiffness in his hips that negatively affects him in both man and zone coverage. If able to do that, Johnson could be the combination of a standout special teams player who could serve as down-the-line depth at the middle linebacker spot."



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