According to FOX Sports’ Cameron DaSilva, USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said the Los Angeles Rams were one of two teams to have “shown the most interest” in selecting him in the 2017 NFL Draft:
USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster just said the Cowboys and Rams have shown the most interest in him.— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) April 21, 2017
Now, this is some interesting news.
Smith-Schuster is a big target that stands 6’2”, has a knack for fighting for the ball, a nasty football attitude, and a will to win on the field. Just last week, Smith-Schuster wrote an article for the Players Tribune in which he talks about playing with a broken hand because he didn’t want to let his teammates down. He blew up that game.
There’s been plenty of mixed opinion on his NFL applicability. Some think he’s worth a late first-round pick, because he’s shown in the past an affinity to create big plays and comes with a big frame. He’s also one of the youngest prospects in the entire draft as he will be only 20-years old until November, late into his rookie season. With the Dallas Cowboys also showing interest, he may actually be gone before the Rams even pick. The Cowboys have the 28th pick in the draft.
If he’s available at pick #37, and the Rams are set on taking him, they’re going to likely need to do it there. A big-bodied WR who has put up the the numbers he has and at only 20-years old lilkely won’t last to the Rams’ third-round pick, the 69th overall selection.
JuJu Smith-Schuster comes in ranked (post combine) ranked as my WR12, though admittedly, not much separates WR6 through 12. Here’s my scouting report on him which I completed earlier this offseason: