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Packers: What if Green Bay had drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2017?

In the 2017 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers had the 61 first pick in the second round and the Pittsburgh Steelers had the 62 pick. The Packers selected Josh Jones, safety out of North Carolina State and the Steelers selected JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver out of USC.

Josh Jones played two years in Green Bay, before being waived by the Packers before the start of the 2019 season, was picked up by the Cowboys before being waived in Dec. of 2019, and has now been picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Meanwhile, JuJu got off to a blistering rookie season racking up over 900 receiving yards in year one and then recording 1,426 receiving yards in his second year on his way to be selected to the Pro-Bowl. He is considered one of the best young receivers in the game and has quickly developed in the WR1 in Pittsburgh.

In Green Bay they have had some good wide receivers, most notably Davante Adams, but have not been able to get two game changing receivers on the field at the same time.

Now imagine a world where the Packers added JuJu Smith-Schuster as an additional weapon for Aaron Rodgers in the 2017 draft. What kinds of heights and numbers would he have contributed to Green Bay?

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