4 reasons losing JuJu Smith-Schuster is not a big deal for Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The Steelers are the best in the league at drafting and replacing the position

At the end of the day, the Steelers just know what they are doing at the wide receiver position. Over the past twenty years, we have seen very good receivers come and go. Pittsburgh allowed players like Plaxico Burress, Antwan Randel El, Mike Wallace, and Emmanuel Sanders to walk away from the organization while Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Santonio Holmes were all traded for pennies. Yet, the Steelers found a way to replace them each and every time.

While there are the occasional draft busts like Sammie Coates and Limas Sweed, Pittsburgh is really good at evaluating, drafting, and developing talent at the wide receiver position. Diontae Johnson wasn’t a player that was on the national football media’s radar. Though he has plenty of issues he still needs to work through, he could develop into a quality football player and he already possesses the ability to create separation with ease.

Claypool was a guy that many thought was just a high riser because of his outstanding numbers at the NFL Combine last year, but it turns out he’s actually a quality wide receiver with big upside. No matter who the Steelers end up going with to help replace Smith-Schuster this April, we should have a great deal of confidence in their ability to fill the void at receiver.

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Like Emmanuel Sanders, JuJu Smith-Schuster could very well go on to have a great career after he leaves the Steelers, but Pittsburgh fans shouldn’t be worried. There are more than enough reasons to believe that losing JuJu won’t be a big deal for this franchise.