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But Steelers’ third-round draft pick Cameron Sutton found a way to strike out that stress. He went bowling.
As the call came in from the Steelers, with Coach Mike Tomlin on the other end, Smith-Schuster couldn’t hold in his emotions.
The Steelers selected wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USC in the second round, and immediately emotions took over for the young receiver, who is only 20-years old. He was a productive wide receiver in a power conference, with a combined 159 catches for 2,368 yards and 20 touchdowns the past two seasons for USC in the Pac-12. Smith-Schuster, who met with the Steelers at the NFL Scouting Combine, is a player offensive coordinator Todd Haley is excited about.
“He is a good sized receiver,” said Haley. “He was very productive out there at USC. He is a really do-it-all guy. He can play inside, outside. If you had to say what he excelled at, I’d say his ability to catch the ball in combative situations, 50/50 balls as we call them, and he usually comes down with them. He’s a really exciting guy and we are excited to get him here to work on. Waiting for the phone to ring, waiting to learn what your football future is going to be, can be very stressful for an athlete on draft day.
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“It was a little stressful, really more so anxious than anything,” said Sutton. “But I went bowling with my family and friends and a couple coaches from high school to try to keep my mind off of everything. It turned out for the best for me.
Defensive backs coach Carnell Lake on the Steelers’ third-round draft pick, DB Cameron Sutton elite jersey .
With their first of two third round picks the team drafted defensive back Cameron Sutton from Tennessee. Sutton is the third defensive back the team has drafted in the first three rounds in the last two years, giving them plenty of youth at the position.
“Cameron is a press corner who plays close to the line of scrimmage, but he can also play off,” said secondary coach Carnell Lake. “He does a good job of mirroring the wide receiver. He knows how to cover, stays close, and that is something we have been looking for.”
Third-round pick James Conner on his reaction when the Steelers called:
“It’s a dream come true. I’m forever grateful for them for giving me the opportunity after everything I’ve been through. I know a lot of teams were scared, but they gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and they are going to get a great person and a great football player, and I’ll give it my all for them.”
Everyone knows the story about Pitt running back James Conner, about how he was the 2014 ACC Player of the Year, and then in December 2015, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. By May 2016, Conner announced he was cancer-free, and during Pitt’s 2016 season, he rushed for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns on 216 carries, while adding 21 catches for another 302 yards and four more touchdowns.