Why you should be excited about second-round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster:
-He was a productive wide receiver in a power conference, with a combined 159 catches for 2,368 yards and 20 touchdowns the past two seasons for USC in the Pac-12.
-He has size (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) and puts it to good use making combative catches on 50-50 balls.
-According to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Smith-Schuster suffered a broken hand in 2015 but didn't miss any games and also played through back spasms and a hip flexor this past season. "I think that means something to the evaluators," Mayock said.
-Smith-Schuster has been compared by scouts and analysts to Hines Ward and Anquan Bolden because of the physical, competitive, passionate and emotional components of Smith-Schuster's game.
View photos of Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 2nd Round Draft Pick, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster.
-Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Smith-Schuster is a willing blocker in the running game. "We get excited when you see a receiver that's not afraid to go in there and mix it up," Haley said.
-Smith-Schuster was a safety in high school who switched to wide receiver upon arriving at USC. "His passion and enthusiasm are second to none and he absolutely loves football," a former USC assistant coach told NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. "He came in as a safety and probably could have gone pro as a safety as well if he had stayed there."
-Smith-Schuster has smarts as well as heart. "He's a smart kid that played everywhere at USC," Haley said. "You saw him inside, outside, which usually means he knows what's going on."