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PRE-COMBINE SCOUTING FEEDBACK
"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."
On his touchdown, JuJu Smith-Schuster was anything but slow. According to NFL’s Senior Director of Football Communications Randall Liu, Smith-Schuster hit a top speed of 20.64 mph with full pads.
- In Week 2, Smith-Schuster recorded his first career reception and caught his first career touchdown on a four-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as the Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 26–9.
- During the Vikings game, Smith-Schuster became the youngest NFL player to score a touchdown since running back Andy Livingston in 1964.
- During Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals, JuJu caught his third touchdown pass of the season, a 31-yard reception, becoming the first player in NFL history to score three touchdowns before the age of 21.
- JuJu had a breakout performance and made a season-high seven receptions for 193 receiving yards and scored a 97-yard touchdown during a 20–15 victory on NBC Sunday Night Football against the Detroit Lions.
- On December 28, 2017, it was announced Smith-Schuster was named Steelers rookie of the year. He finished the season with 58 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, with the latter two statistics leading all rookies.