JuJu Smith-Schuster

Overall Rank
WR96
2023
Height
6' 1"
Weight
215 lbs
Arm Length
32"
(80th)
Draft Pick
2.30
(2017)
College
USC
Age
27.2
Best Comparable Player
Pierre Garcon
Workout Metrics
4.54
53rd
101.2
74th
115.3
20th
11.07
71st
10.05
52nd
40-Yard Dash
Speed Score
Burst Score
Agility Score
Catch Radius
31.9%
(60th)
College Dominator
25.8%
(77th)
College Target Share
18.8
(92nd)
Breakout Age

JuJu Smith-Schuster Bio

JuJu Smith-Schuster is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft with the 62nd overall pick. Smith-Schuster played at Long Beach Polytechnic HS in Long Beach, California and committed to play college football at the University of Southern California. At USC, he started as a true freshman and put up an impressive 724 yard, 5 touchdown season. His college stats totalled 3,092 receiving yards in 40 starts and a Rose Bowl victory, and Smith-Schuster declared early for the 2017 draft. At the NFL Combine, he measured in at 6’1” 215 lbs, with a 4.54 40-yard dash.

JuJu Smith-Schuster burst onto the scene in the prolific Steelers passing game over his first two years. As a rookie, he finished as the PPR WR16 in points per game with three games over 100 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. He took an even bigger leap in his second season, scoring 18.4 PPR points per game, good for a WR9 finish. On a monster 166 targets and 1,537 air yards, Smith-Schuster caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards, with a league-leading 587 yards after catch. However, the last three seasons have not been as kind to Smith-Schuster, as the decline of Ben Roethlisberger and the entire Steelers offense, in addition to some injuries, has derailed Smith-Schuster’s production.

In his last full season in 2020, he still managed to finish with WR2 numbers: 97 receptions, 831 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. However, his ADOT plummeted to 5.7 and he saw only 6 deep targets. On the bright side, Smith-Schuster didn’t drop a single pass in 2020 or 2021 across 21 games. As a free agent in 2021, he signed a one-year, $8 million contract to remain in Pittsburgh instead of moving down to Kansas City to become a Chief. In 2021, Smith-Schuster suffered a shoulder strain in Week 5, which forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season. Prior to the injury, he’d been off to a lackluster start with an average of 32 yards per game. Injuries and a fossil at quarterback rendered 2021 a lost season for Smith-Schuster. The latter won't be an issue for him in 2022, however. Smith-Schuster took the Chiefs up on their offer this time and signed a one-year deal with them to catch passes from Patrick Mahomes. Replacing Tyreek Hill is a daunting task, but JuJu Smith-Schuster is now the first in line to fill those shoes after Travis Kelce.