Jerry Jeudy Fantasy
Alabama Crimson Tide’s wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was one of the most talked-about players coming into the offseason. He was getting hyped up as the first overall pick in upcoming rookie drafts. With what people will say was an average combine for what was expected of him, his stock may have dipped a little and may be able to be had at a discount, but he still should be talked about as one of the best skill position players in this draft.
- 193 lbs.
- Age: 21
After the 2018 season where Jeudy put up 1315 yards and 14 touchdowns with 68 receptions, he was awarded the Biletnikoff which recognizes the best receiver in college football that year.
NFL Combine Recap
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.45
- Bench Press: N/A
- Vertical Jump: 35″
- Broad Jump: 120″
- 3 Cone Drill: N/A
- 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.53
Jeudy had an average combine compared to what people expected him to do. We forget that a 4.45 40 time is not bad. Not running the 3-cone and having a poor shuttle time is sure to make people question his quickness and agility. This is one of those instances with prospects that says run back to the tape and don’t read too much into these numbers. Jeudy is still a prospect that has phenomenal film and should be thought of as one of the top picks in rookie drafts.
Strengths & Weaknesses
When you breakdown the film of Jeudy’s strengths and weaknesses, there’s a lot of things that you find to your liking. He’s one of the best route runners in this class and brings back some Odell Beckham Jr. type of shiftiness. When he gets into his route, he creates positive leverage and uses it to his advantage to manipulate the defender. He has a really hard plant and leg drive to sell certain routes and change direction on a dime. When he has the ball in his hands, he’s very decisive in what he is going to do and can make the defender look foolish. He has a nice high step followed by a ton of shifty movements that make him very difficult to track down. Add on his speed in the open field and it makes for very dangerous RAC situations. He’s very deceptive in his release with his quick feet and the ability to swipe the defender’s hands off of his chest. When he’s at the stem of his route he can deceive the corner with subtle moves that make him one of the more elite receivers when it comes to route running.
Jeudy might be one of the best prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft class, but there are still a couple of holes in his game that need to get cleaned up. Going back to his shiftiness and what he can do in the open field to a defender, I’d like to see him be a little more decisive in his plan with that ball in his hands. He can get a little too fancy and may find himself losing a couple of yards trying to make too many peoples miss. He’s also had his share of concentration drops which makes you question his hands overall. He has strong hands and there fairly reliable, but he can’t have those crucial drops if he wants to be successful at the next level.
Best Fit: NFL Scheme
There really isn’t a bad scheme fit for Jeudy. He can land on any team and he’s bound to find success. Obviously, if he’s able to land on a team with a quality starting quarterback, that would be ideal for his overall development, but he’s sure to help any NFL team that is looking for a versatile wide receiver. He has the ability to play as either outside receiver or in the slot. Teams like the Las Vegas Raiders, New York Jets, and the Jacksonville Jaguars who all draft early will be looking to acquire and receiver like Jeudy. He can fill a lot of different holes for a team and should make a quick impact early in his career.
Whatever NFL team decides to take Jeudy in the Draft, he should find himself going at the top of fantasy football rookie drafts. He has all the tools you look for in an NFL wide receiver. He’s quick, shifty, and has quality hands that make him someone that should be reliable to your fantasy football team. If you are a team that is need of a top-tier wide receiver, Jeudy is someone you should be looking to acquire.