NFL Draft 2017: 3 things to know about Pittsburgh Steelers second-round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers selected USC wide receiver John “JuJu” Smith-Schuster in the second round on Friday night. He was the No. 62 overall pick.
Here are three things to know about Smith-Schuster:
1. At 20-years old, Smith-Schuster was one of the youngest players in the NFL draft, but that doesn’t mean he’s not experienced. A five-star recruit coming out of high school, he started all 13 games as a true freshman and caught 54 passes for 724 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior last season, he caught 70 passes for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had 213 receptions for 3,092 yards and 25 touchdowns in his three years at USC.
2. At the NFL combine, Smith-Schuster kept the media entertained. Sports Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell detailed a few of his more entertaining answers. After being asked what it would be like to stay in California to play professionally, Smith-Schuster deadpanned, “California tax would be an issue.” On the conference call after he was drafted, he compared meetings at the NFL combine to speed dating.
3. Along with his skills as a receiver, Smith-Schuster is known for his abilities as a blocker. Take this block against Utah State, for example. His NFL.com evaluation says he’s “known for his competitive spirit and alpha demeanor.”
So I THINK JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TEAM_JUJU9) just killed a guy. Goodness. #USC #FightOn pic.twitter.com/U72r0vmTTA
— Stephen Nelson (@Stephen__Nelson) September 10, 2016
Arm Length: 32 7/8″
Hands: 10 1/2″
225 bench: 15 reps
Vertical jump: 32 1/2″