62. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
What Was Said At the Time: “Smith-Schuster is a solid outside receiver with the potential to contribute right out of the gate in the NFL. Concerns about the drop in production from 2015 to 2016 are mostly overblown (new quarterback, fewer targets) as he didn’t look any worse on tape and actually showed slight improvement in route running from year-to-year.
He still needs to be more consistent at the catch point, and can’t let smaller defenders throw him off his route. His lack of separation ability may present a problem against stronger, faster NFL players. But If he can be more efficient with his cuts and routes to make up for that, he could develop into a solid outside receiver.” -Pro Football Focus
Measurables: 6-2, 220 lbs
Position: Wide Receiver
Where is Smith-Schuster now.
After three productive seasons at USC, most saw Smith-Schuster as a solid NFL wide receiver, but he’s blossomed into a bonafide star over his first two seasons in the league, despite staying on the draft board until the 3rd round. Even some of the best receivers in NFL history can’t claim 111 catches for over 1,400 yards in their second season, but Smith-Schuster did just that while playing opposite Antonio Brown.
The next challenge for Smith-Schuster is continuing to produce at a high level now that opposing teams don’t have to worry about Brown. But there’s little reason to doubt his ability to serve as Pittsburgh’s no. 1 receiver for many years to come.
Pro Bowl Selections: 1
2019 salary: $1.1 million
2020 salary: $1.3 million