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2017 NFL Draft: Juju Smith-Schuster Selected By The Steelers in 2

One of the premier play makers in USC history heads to Pittsburgh

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With the 30th in the 2nd round, the Steelers have selected former USC wideout Juju Smith-Schuster.

During his three years for USC, Juju hauled in 213 passes for 3092 yards and 25 touchdowns. The 6’2, 216 pound ball snatcher will still be only 20 years old when the NFL season kicks off in September, making him the youngest player in the draft.

Scouting Report from Conquest Chronicles:

From the snap, Smith-Schuster uses his strong hands to create initial separation on routes, and continues his physical play by using his body to shield the ball from the defender.

With normally reliable hands, Smith-Schuster consistently fought for the ball—whether it was running fearlessly up the middle of the field with drags and slants, or boxing out defenders over the top for deep passes. Often times however, Smith-Schuster couldn’t get in front of speedier defenders for the short routes, or got beat downfield with the inability to create separation.

With speed being the biggest knock on Smith-Schuster, his physical gifts in his strength and explosiveness perfectly complimented his aggression and competitiveness. Once he has the ball in the hands, he showed an innate ability for yards after the catch, as his speed on the field becomes real and his fondness for stiff arms keep defensive backs on the grass.

Juju will slide in across from Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant to give Big Ben a trio of weapons to throw to.

Here’s to you, Juju

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