Watch new Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster channel his inner Hines Ward

Apr 30, 2017, 01:01
Watch new Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster channel his inner Hines Ward

JuJu Smith-Schuster isn't a speed demon like some of the other receivers in this draft class, but he provides an element coaches want out their receivers: grit.

The two hours leading up to the pick were stress-filled, as family members milled around, waiting for a phone call that the 20-year old Smith-Schuster had worked for his entire life.

With the 105th pick, the Steelers took University of Pittsburgh running back James Conner.

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After a strong freshman campaign, Smith-Schuster emerged as USC's primary target in 2015, catching 89 balls for 1,454 yards, which led the Pac-12, and 10 touchdowns.

Compared to Anquan Bolden by many scouts, Smith-Schuster plays with a physical and aggressive demeanor.

Being under the wing of the best wide out in the game (yes, bring on your Julio Jones arguments I dare you) will do wonders for Smith Schuster. "This is a story about a young man that is a very good football player. and I hope the guys we play against are sentimental".

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Sutton, a four-year starter, holds the record at Tennessee with 37 pass breakups and also had seven career interceptions. Smith-Schuster is the 15th receiver they have taken in the past 13 drafts. Bryant was not because he was serving a yearlong suspension for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Head coach Mike Tomlin wasn't amused, making a rare appearance on Twitter to tell them both to "play nice". The Steelers have a dozen of them and counting, so some eventually will be gone.

The Steelers are set at offensive line, so Big Ben could have three new weapons by the end of Saturday.

Smith-Schuster, who entered the draft after his junior season, is the 15th Trojan wide receiver drafted since 2000, including the eighth in the top two rounds.

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