Despite having offers for more money from other teams, JuJu Smith-Schuster decided to stay with the Steelers for 2021. He's coming off leading the Steelers in receptions (97) and tied for the team lead with nine touchdowns. He was third in receiving yards (831). Smith-Schuster was one of the Steelers' focal points when the team got into the red zone, scoring six of his nine touchdowns from the red zone.
It's fair to wonder about the long-term future of Smith-Schuster in Pittsburgh and how he'll continue to mix in with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. For a bit, it felt like Smith-Schuster wasn't even going to return to Pittsburgh, but he took less money to stay with the team. It's also fair to argue he has the least upside of the three Steelers wide receivers, though he was second on the team in targets in 2020.
2021 Bottom Line
Smith-Schuster will hope to improve on an 8.6 yards per catch rate in 2020, but being effectively behind Johnson and Claypool limits Smith-Schuster's ceiling. He's being drafted as a WR3/Flex near the end of round six, or early-round seven.