There's no doubt Jerry Jeudy will be taken in the first round of the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. It's just a question of if the former Alabama standout will be the first wide receiver to hear his name called and how high he will go. The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner dominated in his last two years with the Crimson Tide and is expected to have just as much of an impact in the NFL, and it could happen sooner rather than later.
Jerry Jeudy Draft Profile
A rare athlete, Jeudy moves in a way that can seem biomechanically impossible at times. He’s as good as it gets going 0-to-60 at the snap, with suddenness off the snap that will make defenses think twice about press coverage. He has the exceptionally quick feet combined with outstanding body control to blow defenders away with his route running. He can gear down and stop on a dime. He’s also polished as a route runner, understanding the nuances of how to leverage defensive backs and keep them off-balance. He’s at his best on slants and in-breaking routes that allow him to get the ball in his hands and take off. With the ball, he has the balance to step out of an initial tackle and take off for huge chunks of yardage. His hands are very good, and when asked to work downfield he shows good ball-tracking abilities. He’s also excellent in contested-catch situations thanks to his body control and ability to contort and still come down with the ball. He was effective outside and in the slot for Alabama.
Jeudy might fall into the “good-but-not-great” category when it comes to the broader measurables. He’s relatively slight at 190 pounds, and if bigger defensive backs can get into his frame at the snap, he can be slow to escape. He’s fast, but his long speed isn’t quite in the same category as his elite quickness.
Jeudy is the most exciting receiver prospect to come out since fellow Tide alum Amari Cooper in 2015. He profiles as a true No. 1 receiver with big-play ability downfield and in catch-and-run situations, with the ability to play any spot in an offense.
Final Grade: 1st round