4 draft prospects who could be the next JuJu-Smith-Schuster for Steelers
By Tommy Jaggi
Terrace Marshall Jr.
Terrace Marshall isn’t necessarily a JuJu clone. He’s long and lean with the ability to stretch the field. However, he did much of his damage from the slot at LSU and he could be a solid option here in the NFL. Marshall isn’t a sudden athlete in terms of his ability to make defenders miss in space, but he’s got build-up speed and possesses the ability to win at the top of his routes.
Like Smith-Schuster, Marshall probably isn’t going to get a ton of separation in the NFL. Thankfully, he’s brilliant at the catch point and like Justin Jefferson who was drafted from LSU a year before him, he has one of the best contested-catch rates in all of college football.
For the Steelers, Marshall could man JuJu’s old role for the Steelers as early as his rookie season. Still just 20 years old with a ton of room to grow, he could be an impact player for Pittsburgh down the line. Unfortunately, he may be off the board before Pittsburgh’s second-round pick.
The Steelers will have plenty of options when replacing JuJu Smith-Schuster, but these four slot options were some of the best in college football last year. If Pittsburgh is willing to once again spend a pick on a receiver in rounds 2-4 of the draft, these are all very capable options with solid upside.