Jerry Jeudy Overview
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 193 pounds
2020 NFL Combine Performance Data
40-Yard Dash: 4.45 seconds
Vertical Jump: 35”
Broad Jump: 120.0”
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.53”
Jerry Jeudy 2020 NFL Draft Profile
The 2020 NFL Draft is stacked at the wide receiver position, but there simply aren’t too many players quite like Jerry Jeudy. A five-star recruit out of high school, Jeudy established himself as one of the best receivers in college football over the past two seasons. Thanks to his success, the Alabama product opted to skip his senior year in order to declare for the NFL Draft.
While Alabama didn’t win it all this year, it’s hard to call the 2019 campaign anything other than a success for Jerry Jeudy. During his time on the field, the Florida native recorded 77 receptions for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing 600 snaps. He earned First-Team All-SEC honors for his phenomenal season and played a big role in Alabama’s deep playoff run.
Jeudy hardly saw the field as a freshman, but became one of the biggest names in college football as a sophomore. During the 2018 season, Jeudy recorded 68 receptions for 1,313 yards and 14 touchdowns. Following that campaign, Jeudy earned First-Team All-American honors as well as a spot on the First-Team All-SEC squad.
- Dangerous weapon capable of making plays at all three levels of the field;
- One of the most gifted route runners in the class;
- Lines up inside and outside and plays both positions at high level;
- Understands the subtle nuances to playing the receiver position;
- Two seasons of elite production at Alabama;
- Experience in pro-style offense is a plus;
- Off-the-charts work ethic by all accounts;
- Pedestrian NFL Combine does not align with high-level athleticism shown on tape;
- Lack of fluidity on deep ball adjustments, although still above-average in contested catch situations;
- Prone to easy drops;
- High snap percentage in the slot means he didn’t face press coverage too frequently;
- Struggles to consistently attack the ball over the middle of the field;
NFL Comparison: Amari Cooper
Projection: Top 10
Bottom Line on Jerry Jeudy
Jerry Jeudy is arguably the most talented wide receiver in an absolutely loaded wide receiver class. The Alabama product has just about everything you look for in a prospect and should be able to contribute from Day 1. While he may not be quite as explosive as teammate Henry Ruggs, he’s the best all-around product in the draft and his route running is second to none. He can line up all over the formation, has an advanced knowledge of the subtleties of route running, and played for a great collegiate head coach in Nick Saban.
Jeudy is great, but he’s not Jerry Rice by any stretch of the imagination. The former five-star recruit didn’t perform well during the NFL Combine, which was highly surprising. On tape, Jeudy looks like one of the best athletes in college football. Combine results can be overblown, but you can’t completely ignore them. Additionally, Jeudy sometimes struggles with concentration drops and there is some unknown about his ability to consistently win against press coverage.
Overall, this is all just nitpicking. Jerry Jeudy is a fantastic wide receiver who should be able to make an impact as soon as he steps on a football field. Look for him to be a solid WR2 as a rookie before developing into a top 10-15 receiver for the rest of his career.
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