Diontae Johnson stacks up well within 2019 draft class

Diontae Johnson stacks up well within 2019 draft class

PITTSBURGH — Diontae Johnson had a very good rookie season for the Steelers, leading the team in receptions and touchdown catches while also leading the NFL in punt return average.

But how does the rookie, who was the 10th receiver taken in last year's draft, compare to the other rookie receivers around the league? Well, that's where things get a little interesting.

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Because the Steelers ranked 31st in the league in passing yards, Johnson's final stats -- 59 receptions for 690 yards and five touchdowns -- pale in comparison with some of his counterparts. In fact, of the rookie receivers, only the Redskins' Terry McLaurin played in an offense that threw for fewer yards than the 2,981 the Steelers produced in 2019.

Still, Johnson's 59 receptions not only led the Steelers, it also led all rookie receivers, as McLauren and the Seahawks' D.K. Metcalf tied for second with 58 each.

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