JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, as the former USC wide receiver looks to increase his draft stock.
What an NFL team will get in JuJu Smith-Schuster is a big, physical wide receiver. The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder left USC after his junior season following a career-high 10 touchdown grabs during the 2016 season as the featured target for young quarterback Sam Darnold.
Smith-Schuster’s final game as a Trojan saw him make seven catches for a season-high 133 yards and the 25th touchdown of his career in a wild 52-49 victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
Smith-Schuster is one of the best wide receivers in the draft along with Clemson’s Mike Williams, Western Michigan’s Corey Davis and Washington’s John Ross.
The former five-star recruit made his initial splash at USC in his first game, catching four passes for 123 yards against Fresno State—the most yards for a true freshman receiver in his first game in USC’s history.
There are some NFL scouting reports that may knock him for not having elite downfield speed, but his size, physicality and hands set him apart. Some draftniks have made the comparison to Brandon Marshall.
On Saturday in Indianapolis, Smith-Schuster sought to increase his draft stock at the NFL Combine, posting an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.54. The Combine is a marquee event for NFL hopefuls, with the 40 being just one event in which they will try to impress GMs, coaches and scouts.
We’ll see where Smith-Schuster goes in the NFL showcase event, as it takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia. But there’s no question that he possesses the talent to be a No. 1 WR in the league.