When the Steelers went into the 2021 offseason they were not sure they could keep many of their key unrestricted free agents. It looked like it could have been a very rough offseason for the Steelers organization, but to the surprise of many, they were able to keep players like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Cam Sutton, and Tyson Alualu. It could have been way worse than how it played out, but I am glad some veterans decided to stay with the Steelers.
JuJu decided to sign a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the offseason in hopes to get a long-term deal done with the Steelers before the 2022 season. He recently sat down with CBS Sports to do a Q&A recently. During that Q&A JuJu says he thought he would be nowhere near Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania going into the 2017 NFL draft. The reason why JuJu didn't think he would be drafted by the Steelers is that the organization didn't seem interested in him during their pre-draft process.
Mike Tomlin spoke with JuJu for only 2-3 minutes and that is one of the main reasons why he didn't see himself getting drafted by the Steelers. JuJu thought he was going to be drafted by the Cardinals, Cowboys, Rams, or 49ers. Smith-Schuster was only 20 years old going into the 2017 draft so he was very young and nervous he said during his interview with CBS Sports.
Once he was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers he said all you can do is get ready to go play for the team that drafts you and he did in a big way. Pittsburgh ended up falling in love with JuJu Smith-Schuster and that was all she wrote after the 2017 NFL draft. Hopefully, the Steelers and JuJu can come to an agreement to keep him in Pittsburgh for quite some time before the 2022 season starts.