This Jerry Jeudy fantasy rookie article was written in two parts, a pre-draft profile written by Zack Patraw and a post-NFL Draft article written by Aaron Schill.
Jerry Jeudy Fantasy Forecast
With the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected the superb route runner out of Alabama, Jerry Jeudy. The Broncos were expected to take a wide receiver this year, but personally I wasn’t expecting Jeudy to make it past the Jets and Raiders who drafted before Denver and are both in need of a stud wide receiver. In an extremely deep wide receiver class, it’s worth remembering that Jeudy is arguably the most talented in the class. The last time I’ve seen a rookie who was such a polished route runner was Amari Cooper, and Jeudy has the size, speed, burst off the line of scrimmage, and is just a very well-rounded wide receiver who can do it all.
With Drew Lock leading the Broncos, this offense has quickly become one of the most electric and intriguing offenses in the NFL, especially for fantasy football purposes. Courtland Sutton broke out in a major way last year, rookie tight end Noah Fant showed flashes and should be a nice weapon moving forward, Phillip Lindsay, and now Melvin Gordon in the backfield makes for a potentially high-powered offense. If Lock can show us that he really is that ‘gun-slinger’ quarterback that he claims he views himself as and wants to be, this offense could be a goldmine for fantasy production. The Broncos also added a speedster and potential return man with KJ Hamler later in the draft. Hamler can stretch the field now that Emmanuel Sanders is gone, and the Broncos invested fairly high in him, taking him with the 46th overall pick in the draft.
Jeudy is someone that I’ve gone back and forth with CeeDee Lamb for the top spot as the best wide receiver in this rookie class. At first glance, I wasn’t thrilled with Jeudy landing in Denver after seeing Sutton break out last year, but with the way this offense is headed and with the upside through the air, I really think that Jeudy could thrive in this offense if everything goes well. Jeudy has the ability to play in both the slot and outside, and with his superb route-running ability, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lock make Jeudy his ‘go-to’ guy. In redraft leagues, Jerry Jeudy fantasy value is a different story. I wouldn’t go out of my way to overpay to get Jeudy, but I’d rather wait and see if I can snag him with a late-round flier. In dynasty rookie drafts, Jeudy is my top rookie wide receiver and I’d be happy spending a top-five pick on him. With the likelihood that running backs go early in your drafts, Jeudy may end up coming as a nice value in your drafts this year.
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Jerry Jeudy Pre-NFL Draft Profile
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.
Pre-NFL Draft Dynasty Thoughts
Whatever NFL team decides to take Jeudy in the Draft, he should find himself going at the top of fantasy rookie drafts. Jerry Jeudy fantasy stock should remain strong despite any odd landing spot. 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.