Steelers give Brown help, draft WR Smith-Schuster

Jessica Allison
April 30, 2017

It got to the point where Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin threatened to turn this auto around and go straight home.

The Steelers added another to an eclectic, sometimes electric and erratic group by selecting JuJu Smith-Schuster of Southern California in the second round Friday night. Considering Bolden was himself compared to Hines Ward coming out of college, it would not be a stretch to say Smith-Schuster shows some of the qualities that made Ward a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.

Smith-Schuster's arrival likely puts a few receivers on notice - including Sammie Coates, according to Bryant.

"He's a big, good-sized receiver who was very productive out there at USC", Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said.

Even though you don't want to see your players fighting on social media, Tomlin may secretly like their competitive attitudes.

The Steelers often have cited their desire to take younger players because their bodies are still maturing, and their potential has not yet been fully tapped.

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After the run on defensive backs ahead of their second-round pick, the Steelers considered taking the 5-11, 188-pound Sutton in that round but opted to take Smith-Shuster because he was the highest-remaining player on their board. He's just going to learn as much as he can while trying to fit in on a team with designs of reaching the Super Bowl. Injuries and suspensions last season forced the Steelers to rely on small, undersized receivers like Eli Rogers and Demarcus Ayers.

"His ability to catch the ball in combative situations, 50-50 balls as we call them, he usually comes down with them".

Bryant was conditionally reinstated by the National Football League on Tuesday after serving a year-long suspension stemming from repeatedly failed drug tests.

"I think competition brings out the beast in everybody", said Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann.

He earned second-team All-American in 2015 when he caught 89 passes for 1,454 yards.

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