7 Pittsburgh Steelers with a chance at making the Hall of Fame
JuJu Smith-Schuster: 15% chance
JuJu Smith-Schuster was off to an incredible start to his career as he quickly became the youngest receiver to ever eclipse 2,300 receiving yards – surpassing Randy Moss. However, his step backward last season certainly needs to be factored into his Hall of Fame chances.
In his 3rd NFL season, JuJu earned just 552 yards and 3 touchdowns. Even with the return of Roethlisberger this season, it remains to be seen how he will handle duties as the number one receiver as he had the benefit of working opposite of Antonio Brown for his first two seasons.
Fortunately, Smith-Schuster is still very young. At just 23 years old, he’s compiled more yards than nearly every other receiver his age. However, it’s going to take more than raw statistics to hear his name called to Canton.
Entering his fourth sesaon in the league, JuJu has just one Pro Bowl appearance and zero All-Pro selections. If he doesn’t start raking in these honors soon, his Hall of Fame chances will continue to go down.
For young players, it’s still very difficult to predict whether or not they will end up in the Hall of Fame one day, and much of that depends on which direction their career paths go. I will reevaluate these players next offseason to see if their chances have improved or if they’ve gotten worse.