JuJu Smith-Schuster Scouting Report

JuJu Smith-Schuster

WR, USC 

  • 6’1″HEIGHT
  • 32 7/8″ARM LENGTH
  • 215LBS.WEIGHT
  • 10 1/2″HANDS

Strengths: 

  • Strong, physical receiver who uses his size to his advantage
  • Massive hands – can pluck the ball out of the air
  • Terrific body control – can extend to make difficult catches
  • Good run-after-catch ability – great field vision
  • Very hard to bring down at times
  • Ability to beat press coverage with multiple moves
  • Violent run blocker – always willing to throw his body in the mix
  • Consistent possession receiver – wins in traffic
  • Ability to win 50/50 balls down the field
  • Great feel for getting open against zone coverage

Weaknesses: 

  • Doesn’t possess top-end speed desired
  • Will probably never be great at creating consistent separation
  • Needs to be more consistent at the catch point at times
  • Struggles with concentration drops – 15 drops over past three years
  • Better at high pointing the ball than over-the-shoulder catches
  • Doesn’t sell his routes – not sharp in and out of breaks

Player Comparison: Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders 

In terms of athletic measurables and stature, hardly anyone compares better to JuJu than DeAndre Hopkins. However, Michael Crabtree is a comparison that makes more sense. Crabtree is nearly identical in size to Smith-Schuster and possesses a very similar play style. Both receivers win with powerful hands and great body control, rather than shifty routes and elite quickness. Neither JuJu nor Crabtree are burners down the field, but they are both good jump ball receivers that tend to come down with the ball more often than not.

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Bottom Line:

JuJu broke out in college football when he was just 18.8 years old – younger than Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, or Mike Evans. According to Missi Matthews, Smith-Schuster is not only the youngest player in this draft class, but the youngest player to enter the draft since 1979. JuJu is physical player with a violent demeanor on the field. His love for the game and aggression when blocking gives me flashbacks to when Hines Ward used to light players up on Sundays. JuJu wins with body control and the ability to pull balls down in traffic with strong hands, rather than speed and shifty routes. Smith-Schuster is a solid, high-floor prospect with a skill set to develop into a good, starting NFL receiver. At just 20 years old, JuJu is just starting to scratch the surface.

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