Steelers wide receivers options for each round of the 2021 NFL Draft
By Tommy Jaggi
Rounds 5-7: Simi Fehoko, Sage Surratt, Shi Smith, Johnathan Adams, Cornell Powell, Dazz Newsome, Anthony Schwartz
I’m willing to bet that Pittsburgh will have already drafted a receiver by this point, but just in case they don’t, there are some options that could still be available to them. Simi Fehoko is probably my favorite of the group. He has terrific athleticism for a 6’4”, 227-pound receiver, and his movement skills remind me of Chase Claypool. He has very limited college experience and production, but he’s a perfect developmental prospect.
Sage Surratt, Shi Smith, Dazz Newsome, and Cornell Powell are much more NFL-ready, but none of them have exceptional traits that will translate well at the NFL level, and all three will be below-average athletes who could have trouble creating separation against NFL cornerbacks.
Anthony Schwartz is an interesting player due to the fact that he might be the fastest prospect in the entire 2021 NFL Draft. However, he doesn’t have much of a route tree and he really looks more like a sprinter with pads on rather than an actual football player. Still, his speed would be hard to pass on at this point.
Losing JuJu Smith-Schuster won’t be the end of the world for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they aren’t going to replace his production overnight. However, depending on how early Pittsburgh targets a receiver in the draft, they may be able to help fill the void as early as the 2021 season.