The Pittsburgh Steelers selected wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and even though being selected in the second round of the draft, Smith-Schuster seems to have carried a grudge following the scouting process leading up to the draft.
It is easy for players to read their scouting reports, and see how NFL scouts consider different skill sets liabilities at the professional level. Well, after Smith-Schuster went off for 7 catches, 193 yards and a touchdown, he took to Twitter to post the following caption:
“Juju Smith-Schuster Draft Scouting Report: Will struggle to separate from NFL CBs, not a deep threat, not a precise route runner” pic.twitter.com/r7p7rQtgJq— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) October 30, 2017
“JuJu Smith-Schuster Draft Scouting Report: Will struggle to separate from NFL CBs, not a deep threat, not a precise route runner.”
Throw in a few emojis, and you can just feel the satisfaction Smith-Schuster must have felt after breaking the game open with his 97-yard catch-and-run.
In fact, if you look at his NFL.com Scouting Profile, take a look at the weaknesses:
Needs to get better at freeing himself at the break point of his routes. Doesn't seem to get cornerbacks tilting with his routes. Missing the sudden acceleration out of his cuts to generate separation and an easy throwing window. Contested catches will have to be a big part of his future. Rarely shows a second gear to run under the deep throws. Will coast when turning to find deep ball rather than maintaining play speed. Off-man corners may squat on underneath routes if they don't fear his vertical speed. Can be slow to release against press coverage. Plays with a delayed open to the quarterback on his comeback routes. Will need to pay better attention to his angles as a blocker. Eight of his ten touchdowns this season came in three games.
Despite the negatives in the scouting report, the same report was spot on about one thing:
"He has a mom and stepdad who keep him grounded. His passion and enthusiasm are second to none and he absolutely loves football. He came in as a safety and probably could have gone pro as a safety as well if he had stayed there." - Former USC assistant coach.
You can just tell how much Smith-Schuster loves the game, and as long as he continues to prove the doubters wrong in a black-and-gold uniform, that is certainly fine by Steelers fans everywhere.