Big Ben is the anti-Martavis, welcomes rookie QB to the Steelers

USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday (April 28). Bryant was not because he was serving a yearlong suspension for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Tough for Bryant to be calling out his teammate's job when he contributed roughly zero to his team's AFC North division title in 2016. JuJu Smith-Schuster is the first receiver the team has drafted in the first two rounds since 2008. From whereabouts unknown, Bryant started the feud by posting to Twitter: "lol that's Sammie coates replacement not minds take it how you want to I am back". On college tape, Smith-Schuster doesn't wow as a dynamic separator or post-catch dominator, but he plays with a smooth, collected savvy and demonstrates a knack for making hard plays in traffic. Also great running back's like Bell keep the offense balanced and force extra run support from the secondary, leaving Smith-Schuster more space to work with. Considering Bolden was himself compared to Hines Ward coming out of college, it would not be a stretch to say Smith-Schuster shows some of the qualities that made Ward a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.

After a strong freshman campaign, Smith-Schuster emerged as USC's primary target in 2015, catching 89 balls for 1,454 yards, which led the Pac-12, and 10 touchdowns. The tweets were subsequently deleted.

He will take some much needed pressure off of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.

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The Steelers have drafted at least one receiver for the sixth year in a row (seven total in that time).

Look for coach Mike Tomlin to utilize Smith-Schuster in several different packages this season playing his, 6'2 215 pound frame as both an outside and slot receiver.

The rest of the Trojans' draft eligible players, such as offensive tackles Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler and defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, were left to wait to hear their names called until the final day of the draft on Saturday, beginning with the fourth round. Pittsburgh took Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt in the first round on Thursday.

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