#1 Overall Wide Receiver by Football Addicts
Born: April 24th, 1999
Weight: 192 Lbs
Position: Wide Receiver
The Broward County receiver pipeline has produced the likes of Marquise Brown, Tyreek Hill, and of course the Ridley brothers, and Jerry Jeudy looks to be the next one. Regarded as one of the best receivers in not just the state, but for the 2017 class as a whole. He would commit to the University of Alabama on July 28th, 2016, and later be named to the Under Armour All -American game.
Jeudy didn’t see too much action as a true freshman, but enough to see the talent that he possessed. He would play in all 14 of the Crimson Tide’s games, and averaged nearly 19 yards a catch. It was a completely different story though in 2018 once Calvin Ridley hit the NFL.
In his sophomore season Jerry stepped into a major role for the Crimson Tide and lead one of the most dynamic offenses to ever be assembled in the NCAA. He recorded 68 catches for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns, which would tie him for 6th place all time in receiving touchdowns with Ozzie Newsome (16). He averaged 19.3 yards a catch, and recorded an 81 yard touchdown in that season. To wrap a bow on top of the historic season, Jeudy would take home the Biletnikoff award for the Nations Top Receiver.
Now the entire nation knows the name Jerry Jeudy, including opposing defensive coordinators. This could explain why we have seen his yards per catch drop all the way down to 13.5, along with the fact that they have three other NFL receivers to pass to as well. 12 games into the 2019-20 season Jeudy has 71 catches, 959 yards and 9 touchdowns, giving him 26 for his career and putting him in 2nd place for career receiving touchdowns at Alabama.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Jeudy possesses the best route running in this draft class, and has shown to have a deep route tree already under his belt. Short, intermediate, or deep he can run it all. He almost toys with his defenders while developing separation from him. Last March we learned that Jerry Jeudy ran a 4.40 40 yard dash at Alabama’s Junior Pro Day, which is impressive enough but when you include that he ran a 4.55 coming out of highschool, you really get a sense of how well he can develop as a prospect.
As far as skill set goes, I couldn’t think of a more talented receiver prospect than Jeudy, but his frame is a little concerning. Though we are seeing size matter less and less in the NFL these days, Jerry does have a rather skinny frame. An extension of that would be his performance in jump ball situations. Yes he is extremely athletic, but at the next level there will just simply be taller (6’1?), better options for the QB to throw to.
NFL Draft Projection/NFL Player Comp
NFL Draft Projection
Even though CeeDee Lamb has gained a lot of hype this season, I think Jerry will kill the combine and retake a firm grasp of most NFL big boards as the #1 wide receiver. With that being said, there seems to be a lot of teams that need a “go to guy” at wide receiver in the Top 6 picks of this years draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear him called 3rd overall as soon as Young and Burrow are gone.
Right now I him as my 4th best player overall, but I have him falling to the Jets at 11th overall. Sam Darnold really needs help on the outside, and that is even with Jamieson Crowder producing well this year. Quincy Enunwa hasn’t been able to stay on the field and Robby Anderson is a free agent this year. New York could have another “OBJ” on the way, this time on the Jets.
NFL Player Comp
It is funny to me that Alabama receivers all seem to be compared to the last one to come out, and the trend continues here with Jeudy. His size, footwork, and speed all remind me of how Calvin Ridley and Amari Cooper looked coming out of college. I personally see a tad more “Ridley” in him than “Cooper”, but both are great comparisons for him.
His crisp route running ability is what brings him closer to Calvin Ridley in my opinion, whereas Cooper occasionally looked lazy during routes. Ridley ran a 4.43 at the NFL combine which is almost the exact same time Jeudy was clocked at (4.4), and weighed in at 189 Lbs, which is almost the exact same weight (192 lbs).