How Johnson compares to other receivers in draft class

GM Omar Khan busy over first few months
Diontae Johnson at camp
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LATROBE, PA (93.7 The Fan) – No one really knew how it would go, but in the first couple of months of being the Steelers general manager, but Omar Khan may earn the nickname of ‘Signing Omar’.

Former Pens GM Jim Rutherford was tabbed ‘Trader Jim’ for the numerous moves he made.  Since taking over officially on May 24, Khan has been busy spending money.

Diontae Johnson 2-years, $36.7 million
Minkah Fitzpatrick 4-years, $73.6 million
Chris Boswell 4-years, $20 million

Johnson is the latest and second signed since training camp started last week.  Khan said during his first media availability on Tuesday that he hoped Johnson will be a Steeler for a long time, well according to the NFL Network, at least for three more seasons.

How He Compares

Diontae Johnson is the sixth receiver from his draft class and only the second to get a two-year deal, joining Hunter Renfrow (2-years, $32 million).  Here is a stats comparison for those from his draft class who got more than him.

Diontae Johnson

Rookie Year (2019)—92 targets, 59 receptions, 64% catch, 680 yards, 11.5 avg, 5 TD, 42.5 yards per game
2020—144 targets, 88 receptions, 61% catch, 923 yards, 10.5 avg, 7 TD, 61.5 yards per game
2021—169 targets, 107 receptions, 63% catch, 1161 yards, 10.9 avg, 8 TD, 72.6 yards per game

TOTAL-63% catch, 2764 yards, 10.9 avg, 20 TD, 58.8 yards per game

Terry McLaurin-Washington (3-years, $71 million)

Rookie Year—93 targets, 58 receptions, 62% catch, 919 yards, 15.8 avg, 7 TD, 65.6 yards per game
2020—134 targets, 87 receptions, 65% catch, 1118 yards, 12.9 avg, 4 TD, 74.5 yards per game
2021—130 targets, 77 receptions, 62% catch, 1053 yards, 13.7 avg, 5 TD, 61.9 yards per game

TOTAL-62% catch, 3090 yards. 13.9 avg, 16 TD, 67.2 years per game

Deebo Samuel-San Francisco (3-years, $71.5 million)

Rookie Year—81 targets, 57 receptions, 70% catch, 802 yards, 14.1 avg, 3 TD, 53.5 yards per game
2020—44 targets, 33 receptions, 75% catch, 391 yards, 11.8 avg, TD, 55.9 yards per game
2021—121 targets, 77 receptions, 64% catch, 1405 yards, 18.2 avg, 6 TD, 87.8 yards per game

TOTAL—68% catch, 2598 yards, 15.6 avg, 10 TD. 68.4 yards per game

DK Metcalf-Seattle (3-years, $72 million)

Rookie Year—100 targets, 58 receptions, 58% catch, 900 yards, 15.5 average, 7 TD, 15.5 yards per game
2020—129 targets, 83 receptions, 64.3% catch, 1303 yards, 15.7 avg, 10 TD, 81.4 yards per game
2021—129 targets, 75 receptions, 58% catch, 967 yards, 12.9 avg, 12 TD, 56.9 yards per game

AJ Brown-Tennessee (4-years, $100 million)

Rookie Year—84 targets, 52 receptions, 62% catch, 1051 yards, 20.2 avg, 8 TD, 65.7 yards per game
2020—106 targets, 70 receptions, 66% catch, 1075 yards, 15.4 avg, 11 TD, 76.8 yards per game
2021—105 targets, 63 receptions, 60% catch, 869 yards, 13.8 avg, 5 TD, 66.8 yards per game

TOTAL-63% catch, 2995 yards, 16.2 avg, 24 TD, 69.7 yards per game

Here is even a comparison to the two best Steelers receivers of his lifetime and their first three seasons in the NFL.

Antonio Brown

Rookie Year (2010)—19 targets, 16 receptions, 84% catch, 167 yards, 10.4 avg, 0 TD, 18.8 yards per game
2011—124 targets, 69 receptions, 55% catch, 1108 yds, 16.1 avg, 2 TD, 69.3 yards per game
2012—106 targets, 66 receptions, 62% catch, 787 yards, 11.9 avg, 5 TD, 60.5 yards per game

Hines Ward

Rookie Year (1998)—33 targets, 15 receptions, 45% catch, 246 yards, 16.4 avg, 0 TD, 15.4 yards per game
1999—101 targets, 61 receptions, 60% catch, 638 yards, 10.5 avg, 7 TD, 39.9 yards per game
2000—83 targets, 48 receptions, 59% catch, 672 yards, 14.0 avg, 4 TD, 42 yards per game

Draw you own conclusions, but here are the numbers as Diontae Johnson will be around for a few more seasons.