Chris Oladokun is already quite familiar with the Steelers’ outstanding wide receiver
Stepping onto a new team as a rookie can be very difficult considering it’s a new city, unfamiliar faces, and an unfamiliar playbook.
Luckily for new Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Chris Oladokun, he will have at least one familiar face in the Steelers locker room on his first day.
This face? Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson.
Some excerpts from Chris Oladokun. I think he showed the ability to throw with the zipper and touch when he needed it. Lighter frame and doesn’t have a huge arm but it is functional. #Steels pic.twitter.com/d2D2dKk19s
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) April 30, 2022
Oladokun, who was selected No. 241 overall in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft as the final pick of the Kevin Colbert era, has a long history with Johnson, having played against him in high school, and he even pitches with him in Florida throughout the offseason.
“Actually,” Oladokun told members of the Steelers media Saturday when asked if he knew Johnson, being from Florida and all, according to the official transcript. “We train at the same gym here in Tampa, so I’ve known him forever. I’m glad I can now be a teammate with him after playing against him for so long.
“Yeah, so we threw a bunch of it in here,” Oladokun added of his relationship with Johnson. “We were actually just talking the other day about working this week, so now that we’re teammates, we’re definitely going to be okay.”
What a nugget from Oladokun.
— Sam Herder (@SamHerderFCS) September 25, 2021
It’s very likely the Steelers were aware of this connection and likely heard good things from Johnson about Oladokun in general, especially after the Steelers showed interest.
Having that familiarity with Johnson since high school, as well as throwing him around in the offseason should help Oladokun at least get started, in terms of familiarizing himself with the playbook through Johnson’s help, while still having a familiar face. to throw yourself into off-season training, minicamp and even training camp.