- Draft Tracker: Round 2
Pete Prisco's Grade: B
I don't think this was an overwhelming need, but he was productive in a good conference.
The Steelers already had one of the best offenses in football, and it just got even better. Smith-Schuster doesn't have the elite speed needed for a No. 1 receiver in the NFL these days, but he is big, physical at the point of attack, and knows how to use his body to create and keep separation from the man guarding him. He should be able to step in as a possession wideout on the outside and help his quarterback make plays in the short and intermediate passing game, and especially in the red zone. He has a nose for the goal line, having scored 10 touchdowns in each of his final two seasons at USC. He's also a good blocker, which is no surprise given his build and physicality in the passing game. He has a chance to contribute as the No. 3 wideout early before eventually stepping into the No. 2 role.
"This pick is a waste, especially if Martavis Bryant is back from his suspension. The track record of receivers out of USC has been bad going back to Keyshawn Johnson when he was the No. 1 pick in 1996 for the Jets (think Robert Woods, Nelson Agholor and Marqise Lee in recent years). And the Steelers still have Eli Rogers, Sammy Coates and just signed Justin Hunter. Ignore Smith-Schuster in all seasonal leagues, and he's just a late-round flier in rookie-only formats." - Jamey Eisenberg