JuJu Smith Schuster: The Trojan Horse of Dynasty League Rookie Drafts

by Craig Wambold ·

Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
Age: 20.3
40-Yard Dash: 4.54 (48th-percentile)
Height-adjusted Speed Score (HaSS): 101.2 (71st-percentile)
Burst Score: 115.3 (21st-percentile)
Agility Score: 11.07 (64th-percentile)

Best Comparable: DeAndre Hopkins

JuJu Smith-Schuster was a 3-year starter at USC before declaring for the NFL Draft following his true Junior season. During his time as a Trojan he amassed 213 receptions, 3092 receiving yards to go along with 25 touchdowns. His 25 receiving touchdowns during his time at USC place him 12th in all of NCAA football.

JuJu Smith-Schuster’s finest collegiate season came as a Sophomore when he finished No. 16 in the country with 89 receptions, No. 4 with 1454 yards and No. 15 with 15 touchdowns. During that season, he posted a similar stat line to fellow NFL Draft hopeful Corey Davis and even bested the numbers posted by Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints.

JuJu Smith-Schuster’s final season at USC could be considered a disappointment as his stats regressed across the board except for his touchdowns, which shows his nose for the end zone. Some of the blame for the disappointing numbers can be attributed to a back injury that slowed him during much of his final season at USC as well as the departure of Cody Kessler, his quarterback during his first two seasons.


JuJu Smith-Schuster is a precocious talent who made an immediate impact on the football field during his true Freshman season as evidence by his 18.8, 93rd-percentile, Breakout Age according to PlayerProfiler.com. He also posted an above average 31.9-percent College Dominator Rating, measuring the share of team receiving yards and touchdowns, placing him in the 55th-percentile among NFL wide receivers.

JuJu Smith-Schuster had a solid NFL Scouting Combine as his 4.54 40-yard dash time tested in the 49th-percentile, which gave him an impressive 101.2 Height-adjusted Speed Score which falls in the 71st-percentile. His size and speed allow him to rack up yards after the catch.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

While not an explosive athlete, best illustrated by JuJu Smith-Schuster’s underwhelming 115.3 (21st-percentile) Burst Score, Smith-Schuster wins with lateral quickness, evidenced by a well above average 11.07 (64th-percentile) Agility Score, and strength at the point-of-catch and overall physical play. He is a refined route runner and uses his size well to shield defenders from making plays on the ball reminiscent of DeAndre Hopkins, who also happens to be his most comparable player according to PlayerProfiler.com.


While not the biggest or best athlete in the current WR Draft class, JuJu Smith-Schuster should find himself a home in the NFL as possession receiver who can do most of his damage after the catch against smaller defensive backs as well as in the painted area where touchdowns mean fantasy points. Smith-Schuster should be the 3rd or 4th receiver of the board on NFL Draft night. Do not be like Troy and let this Trojan Horse sneak up on you during your rookie drafts.