The Pittsburgh Steelers now have four draft picks signed out of their 2014 draft class. Working their way up from the bottom rounds of the draft on Tuesday afternoon they came to agreements on four-year deals with OL Wesley Johnson and LB Jordan Zumwalt.
Both rookies were drafted in the fifth round by the Steelers. Wesley Johnson was the 173rd overall pick out of Vanderbilt University. During his career at Vanderbilt he started on each position on the offensive line except for right guard. That kind of versatility can certainly be useful for the Steelers offensive line, which almost always seems to suffer some kind of injury one way or another. Johnson can certainly make a name for himself if he proves to be a useful and capable addition to the line as a guy who can step in anywhere much like Kelvin Beachum has.
Jordan Zumwalt was the 192nd overall pick in the 2014 draft out of UCLA. During his career for the Bruins he collected 256 tackles, five forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks. His greatest chances of making the 53-man roster as well as having a future with the Steelers will be how well he can contribute on special teams.
The pair join fellow draft picks Daniel McCullers and Rob Blanchflower as the rookies to sign deals out of the nine the Steelers drafted. If the trend of working from the bottom up continues then Shaquille Richardson and Martavis Bryant will be the next signed.