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JuJu Smith-Schuster Picked By Pittsburgh Steelers In Second Round of 2017 NFL Draft

Alicia de Artola
Apr 28, 2017, 11:24 AM PDT
October 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) reacts during the 21-17 victory against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
October 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) reacts during the 21-17 victory against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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The Pittsburgh Steelers snatched up wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster with the No. 62 overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

After three years of dazzling USC football with his play-making ability, JuJu Smith-Schuster is now a Pittsburgh Steeler.

The Steelers made him the No. 62 pick overall at the 2017 NFL Draft, selecting him in the second round.

Smith-Schuster stormed to fourth place on USC’s all-time reception list with 213 catches, gaining a reputation as a tough, physical receiver with highlight reel-worthy stiff arms and blocks, as well as touchdown catches on a broken hand.

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. He played the second half of that season with a metal plate and eight screws in his right hand.

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As a junior, Smith-Schuster played through back spasms to finish with 70 receptions, 914 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year.

Though there were doubts about his speed and ability to separate from defenders, Smith-Schuster answered questions by posting a 4.54-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

He’s drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin for his strength and willingness to battle to make catches reliably despite a lack of explosive quickness. In a Player’s Tribune feature, he made his case to NFL GMs as a natural competitor willing to play hard in every facet of the game, from receiving to blocking.

With Adoree’ Jackson selected in the first round by the Tennessee Titans, Smith-Schuster is the 498th Trojan to be selected in the NFL Draft all-time.

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