2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Jerry Jeudy

May 23, 2019 2:00 PM EST

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School: Alabama

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 192

Eligibility: JR

Uniform: #4

Position: WR

Evaluated by: Austin Smith
May 23, 2019

Prospect Overview

At this point, Alabama's ability to replace first-round selections with five-star recruits is becoming routine, and Jeudy is another example of that. After Calvin Ridley left for the NFL in 2018, Jeudy stepped right into his shoes as the next high-profile receiver to torture SEC defensive coordinators. As a freshman, with Ridley still on the roster, Jeudy was able to show flashes of his big-play ability by averaging nearly 19 yards per reception on 14 catches. Still, as a true sophomore, he cemented himself in college football history by hauling in 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and fourteen touchdowns to capture the Biletnikoff Award for the Nation's Top Wide Receiver. Not only was Jeudy able to maintain his big-play numbers at 19.3 yards per catch, but he did so against some of the top defensive backs in the country with a variety of offensive weapons surrounding him to keep him from piling up targets.

As a junior, Jeudy returns as one of the most electric playmakers in the country. His ability to accelerate makes him a difficult offensive weapon to contain, and he is just as dangerous with or without the ball in his hands. Dating back to 1994, only two players have repeated as the Biletnikoff winner, with Michael Crabtree doing it in 2008 and Justin Blackmon doing it in 2011. With Jeudy's ability and Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa returning at quarterback, we may be adding another name to that list. For Crabtree and Blackmon, a top-10 selection in the draft followed, and honestly, neither possessed Jeudy's physical abilities.

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As I mentioned, Jeudy can fly, and for the life of me, I still don't understand why defensive coordinators continue to give him a free release, as opposed to playing their defensive backs up. Trying to catch him when he is at full speed is like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands, and all Jeudy needs is a sliver of daylight, and he can make defenses pay. On top of that, he gets going in a hurry and can eat up a defender's cushion as well as anyone in the country, forcing defensive backs to flip their hips. When he can do that, he is truly at his best. Jeudy displays an ability to sink his hips and get in and out of his breaks quickly, and he is even better on deep routes when he only has to make subtle cuts. So, when Jeudy can get a defender out of his backpedal quickly, it allows him to do either based on the route, virtually guaranteeing separation and with him, separation is the beginning of the end. Now obviously, his speed can make you pay if you miss at the line of scrimmage, but with a safety available to help over the top, defenses could at least take the risk of getting physical with him before he reaches top speed.

Jeudy has very quick feet and plays with appropriate balance when he sinks his hips or changes direction. He has reliable hands, and has no issues extending them to the ball. He also plays with very good vision and instincts. It's not often that wide receivers are lauded for their vision, but when Jeudy gets the ball in his hands, he is always keeping an eye open for that crease. He also uses it on crossing routes where he locates the defenders and adjusts the path on his route to get to top speed. There aren't many routes that allow receivers to alter their path, but drag routes and crossing routes allow receivers to find the clear track and exploit it. Jeudy also tracks the ball very well, which pairs with his flexibility and body control to help make him a very good player at catching the deep ball. We don't see him elevate for very many passes, but when Jeudy has to climb the ladder, he has proven to be more than capable.

Areas for Improvement

Consistency is an issue with Jeudy in a few areas. In his breaks, he can go a little overboard with his jab steps or head fakes, and it slows him down. The same can be said with his releases against the press. Jeudy is a very explosive athlete, and it doesn't take much to get him free. That is why it puzzles me when he gets a little too caught up trying to bait the defender or set him up with jab steps. This isn't always the case, but at times it happens, and it messes with the timing. Jeudy also tends to play a little high, which makes it more difficult for him to get into his breaks. Once again, it's not a constant problem, but Jeudy naturally plays upright, and on quicker routes, he should be firing out low knowing a cut or break is coming quick.

Still, Jeudy's most pressing issue is just something teams will have to deal with, and it's his strength. Jeudy's game is based on speed and because of that, he will always have a thin frame. As a result, he can get caught up with more physical corners and get pushed off his route. It doesn't make me feel confident in his ability to make contested catches either. Jeudy plays with good focus, and as I mentioned, he can elevate, but when a defender is in his hip pocket, that ability to jump is aided by a receiver's strength to muscle through the contact. Jeudy also won't offer much as a blocker, although he does show a competitive streak at times that at least ties up defenders.

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Draft Stock

Players this explosive don't last long on draft day. Last year, Marquise Brown was the first receiver off the board at #25, and he measured in at under five feet, ten inches, and 170 pounds. While Jeudy's strength is an issue, his size is not, and I don't see many scenarios in which he falls out of the top half of the first round. Granted, he hasn't declared yet, and we still have a full season of football to play, but from what I currently see on his tape, he could upgrade any roster in the NFL with his speed. The only thing I could surmise hurting his draft stock is that fiery competitor we see. Teams have made it clear that diva receivers are not conducive to a team concept and because of that, we have seen guys like Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. shipped off despite being two of the more talented receivers in the league. Now, I'm not saying Jeudy fits into that category, and I obviously have never had contact with him to know that's the case, but when we see the extracurricular activity after the play, it naturally becomes a concern.

Still, the questions about Lamb's long speed and ability to elevate are what will make or break his candidacy for the top 10. I don't see Lamb eat up that cushion on a regular enough basis against free releases to tell me if he has 4.4 speed or is a mid-4.5 guy. I know he's not slow, but there just hasn't been a ton of instances where we could pinpoint his long speed as we had with his former-teammate Marquise Brown. With Brown gone, maybe we will see Lamb get used in space a little more, and it will show that his speed can cause as many problems as his other attributes. Running a forty won't tell me that as much as seeing him play in space and taking advantage of off coverage. That's where I want to see it. I also want to see him climb the ladder. Just watching him, you would assume Lamb can really get up there, but once again, we don't see it on the field. If he shows up that as a junior, I would have a hard time not giving him a top-10 grade.

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Player Comparison

Jeudy's taller than DeSean Jackson but has similar skillset and big-play ability. Jackson is also comparable in the way that his ability to go north and south is better than his lateral agility, so he tends to glide through traffic as opposed to breaking down and making a cut. There are also some similarities to Chad Johnson, but I felt Johnson was one of the better route-runners in the league during his playing days, and Jeudy still needs to work on his consistency to be that good. Still, both guys are players that overcame slim frames with incredible acceleration, and Jeudy will be no different.

Games Evaluated

vs. Ole Miss (9-15-18)
vs. Texas A&M (9-22-18)
vs. Arkansas (10-6-18)
vs. Missouri (10-13-18)
vs. LSU (11-3-18)
vs. Georgia (12-1-18)
vs. Clemson (1-7-19)

Notes from Film

- Fiery competitor
- Isn't going to offer much as a blocker
- Lightning quick
- At times does a little too much with his head fakes
- Needs to have a better pre-snap plan against the press. Just like the head fakes, sometimes he spends too much time trying to fake the defender out on his release, and it throws off the timing
- Defenders playing up on him better get a hand on him at the line
- Can really run. Ran away from Zedrick Woods of Ole Miss who ran a 4.29 at the Combine last year
- Slippery with the ball in his hands, one crease is all he needs
- When he chooses to make subtle cuts as opposed to the big head-fake moves, he is difficult to get a piece of
- Start-stop ability is some of the best I've seen
- Strength will never be his strong suit, but he needs to get better at handling physical play in his route, can get pushed off his path
- Can be so dangerous on crossing routes - Plays a little high at times, which hurts him getting in and out of his breaks
- Sinks hips well usually
- Tracks the ball very ball
- Eats up cushion in a hurry
- If I'm a defensive coordinator, no way I'm letting him consistently get a free release by playing off coverage all night. He gets to top speed quick.
- Soft hands
- No problems extending hands to the ball
- Lines up a lot in the slot at Alabama which gets him a lot of off-coverage

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