3 college wide receivers Steelers fans need to watch this season
The Steelers could be in the market for a wide receiver in 2021 if JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves. Here are three college receivers Pittsburgh fans should watch for.
The Steelers head into this season with not knowing the future of wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster. So a look at top-flight weapons to add to an already deadly arsenal is something Pittsburgh could take a look at. Here are the top three receivers in this year’s upcoming draft class.
Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
Chase is coming off an explosive season with that ultra-powerful LSU offense. He showed up this season in a big way in his breakout year. He totaled 1,780 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns. Chase is an explosive play-maker that can do it all, the biggest question is, can he continue to grow and produce with many of last years team now graduated and gone.
Chase is a young and moldable prospect as he will be coming out as a junior, so NFL teams will find that very intriguing. If he can continue his production and grow as an overall play-maker then he will hear his name called early during round one of the draft come April.
Devonta Smith, Alabama
Again here is another receiver that is coming off a breakout year in a stacked offense that has some question marks going into the season. Smith did not put up as impressive numbers as Chase, but he did still put up some nice numbers for the season.
Smith racked up 1,256 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns as well. He is a nice threat on the green grasses of Alabama and will be a great threat for the newly reformed Rolling Tide offense. One would wonder with Tua gone and their experienced running back returning if their coaching staff goes for a more run-first approach to the season. Thus that would affect Smith’s numbers dramatically. He is an interesting player to watch.
Rondale Moore, Purdue
The Boilermakers are not an extremely talented team, but they have an explosive weapon on the field come fall. Moore is coming off of injury and is extremely motivated to prove the haters wrong. He has a short build at only 5’9, but he makes up with it in his agility and overall speed that he plays with on game-days.
Moore broke out in his freshman season totaling 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was having another great season until it was cut short due to injury. The young receiver has a lot to prove this upcoming season. It will be even more interesting to see how he does during the pre-draft process as well. Purdue is not a great team in the Big Ten conference so his stats might not seem fairly weighed when compared to other receivers, but it is something to keep in mind while watching this young player do his thing.
The Steelers might not have an extreme need for a receiver now, but they might come the draft rolls around. The Pittsburgh Steelers love getting weapons and applying them to the offense, so one of these names could be a potential selection come April’s draft.