This week, we turn our focus to the Wide Receiver position. Our first prospect is Alabama stud receiver Jerry Jeudy. The third-year target has put on a show this year and has been helping his draft stock immensely.
Jerry Jeudy is the most talented wide receiver in this draft. To me, he is the best route runner in college football. This is a guy that is even more impressive with his run after the catch. He has elite vision and does not panic at finding the open field. You do not want to be covering Jeudy on big plays because if he makes one cut on you, good luck catching him. Like Etienne at the running back position, Jeudy is an “ankle-breaking” receiver with his burst of speed and outstanding footwork.
His numbers may not jump out at you because he is splitting receptions with Henry Ruggs and Devonta Smith, but Jeudy will definitely make you pay, as he has elite talent and is a day one starter wherever he lands.
Jerry Jeudy is a very fast wide receiver. He turns heads on the football field, and is noticed on every time he runs a route. His route running is solid, he is consistent and he has solid hands–what more could you ask for in a wide receiver prospect?
Jerry Jeudy has some elite traits. He has eye-popping speed. Jeudy is also great at getting off the line of scrimmage. If he gets you with his release off the line of scrimmage forget about it. The next trait is his route running. Jeudy has a vast route tree and runs them all well.
Jeudy is very shifty in space and can make you miss. His quickness is top-notch. Finally, his hands. Jeudy seldom drops passes. He has good, strong hands. Jeudy is everything you could hope for in an elite playmaker. He can make something out of nothing or run a fly route, burn his defensive back and score that way.
There’s no doubt Jerry Jeudy is the best receiver in this draft class. Jeudy has so much skill to be an elite wide receiver. The speed, size, agility, vision, route running and hands are amazing. Alabama has been known for producing star wide receivers like Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley, but Jeudy might be able to top them all. Jerry Jeudy is going to be a problem for opponents to defend.
Like Georgia has been for rbs and Oklahoma has for qbs, Alabama has been a farm for elite receiver talent over the past decade. Much like Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley, Jeudy is entering the draft as the most talented and elite at his position. His athleticism is at an elite level with an explosive burst, agility down the field. If the ball is in his hands, the game can change in an instant because he’s fast and makes evading defenders look easy. Before getting the ball Jeudy is fantastic at faking defenders by moving his hips while running perfect routes.
Jeudy is without a doubt one of, if not the best wide receiver prospects in the upcoming draft. He is the next in line in what has become a great lineage of Alabama wide receivers. The first thing you look at with Jeudy is his speed and route running. That deadly combination will come very useful when he’s matched up against the best defensive backs in the NFL. Once he gets separated from his defender, his speed takes over and it’s game over for whoever is trying to cover him. On top of that, he has some of the best hands. Those three traits alone make him a force to be reckoned with.
Although Jerry Jeudy does have explosiveness, his body frame is questionable. He does need to bulk up, weighing only 192 pounds. He has the height at 6’1, but there are elite defenders like Stephon Gilmore who will really make him struggle with his blocking. I see this as a minor issue that can be fixed with the right coaching and if he bulks up, Jeudy will be a guy teams will feel confident in using on big runs.
I really think that his major weakness was his drop off from year two to year three in statistics. I know he has great athleticism but going from scoring 14 TD’s to 9 TD’s and 1,200 receiving yards to 950 isn’t something that scouts want to see. I understand the implications as to why–Alabama spreading the ball around, but those stats aren’t necessarily going to help his draft stock. At 190lbs, Jeudy isn’t the biggest guy in the world. I would expect him to bulk up for the draft.
Jeudy isn’t the best blocker. He’s probably a guy you’ll take off the field when you want to run it effectively. He’s also not a guy who will likely spring another player for a big play downfield. He’s also had to share a lot of touches. Jeudy was always a big part of the Alabama offense, however, they have many weapons. He will have to learn to be more of a featured player who draws more attention at the next level.
There’s not many weaknesses to Jeudy’s game, but the one that’s easy to notice is blocking. With a bit of a smaller frame, the top corners could easily bully him around to make the tackle. Lastly, with the amount of talent Alabama had at receiver, will Jeudy be able to produce as a WR1 with so much attention brought into him?
Jeudy physically is undersized for an NFL receiver. He’s not as tall, has a smaller frame and doesn’t weigh as much. This may be a problem for him at the next level when it comes to blocking, press coverage, and boxing out defensive backs for jump balls. He’ll need to bulk up if he doesn’t want that to be a problem.
Tall and strong wide receivers are taking over the NFL year by year. Guys like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and Mike Evans all fit that mold that’s currently shaping the landscape of wide receivers. Jeudy, does not fit that mold. At 6’1 and 192 pounds, Jeudy has to work on his frame if he wants to continue to be one of the elite wide receivers in the league. Corners could have an easy time with Jeudy if he doesn’t continue to work on his strength. He will get bullied at the line of scrimmage. This also means he will be easily shed on run blocking assignments too.
Draft Projection: Where will our number one Wide Receiver prospect Jerry Jeudy land?
Jerry Jeudy is no doubt a first round draft pick. He is one of the best prospects in this draft. He has the talent to be a top 5 pick. But, as of the draft order right now, those five teams will most likely turn their attention to another more important position of need. The one team that stands out the most to me and would be a perfect fit for Jeudy is the New York Jets, who currently hold the 8th overall pick. This would give Sam Darnold an elite target to throw to. You could throw him in the slot, or better yet, make Jeudy the number one receiver. The Jets have been looking to trade Robby Anderson for a while now, and I do not see them resigning Demaryius Thomas. So, Jeudy would be a miracle waiting to happen for them.
Jeudy is a first round prospect, no doubt. The only way he falls to day two would be the needs of NFL teams. Some teams at the bottom would rather have a DE or a QB. I don’t see Jeudy making it to day two.
Jerry Jeudy should be a top-10 pick. He has all the makings of an elite wide receiver. He can be a team’s primary playmaker and help them win games. Teams like the Jets and Raiders should do what they can to draft him. These teams desperately need playmakers on the outside.
There’s no reason that Jerry Jeudy should drop out of the top ten in the 2020 draft class. In my opinion, there’s no reason he should drop out of the top-five. Jeudy is a very talented receiver and he’s going to be an incredible playmaker for any lucky team and quarterback for many years to come.
Jeudy is the best receiver in this year’s draft and will instantly improve a team’s offense just by simply being on the field. He is easily a top-ten pick and would be a solid fit in Arizona replacing Larry Fitzgerald who’s retiring, or the Jets where Sam Darnold is in need of an elite pass-catcher..
I would bet that Jeudy is the first receiver off the board in April. Despite his lack of strength out of college, it’s something he can work on while coming into the league. If he can develop his frame into that of an elite wide receiver, he can no doubt be one of the best receivers in the NFL. For that reason, Jeudy is very likely a top five pick. Teams like the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Arizona Cardinals will all be looking for another weapon with their young quarterback to throw the ball to, and Jeudy is the best option this draft.