More polished in his routes than most NFL receivers and combines
that with breathtaking start/stop ability to create almost instant
separation and/or put defenders on spin cycle. (0:00,
3:41, 4:16, 4:48, 8:38)
Ultra-quick release makes it nearly impossible for a defensive
back to get a hand on him off the line of scrimmage. (1:00,
4:16, 6:32, 6:50, 8:38)
Has an uncanny knack for finding his way out of situations
in which multiple defenders have him locked in their sights;
boasts significant run-after-catch ability. (0:26,
2:30, 3:18, 5:00, 5:53, 8:38)
Shows off a second gear when necessary and creates separation
on deep balls. (0:01, 0:23, 1:17)
Thin build and may not have the ability to add much more
strength; he will need to win with quickness and footwork in
the red zone.
Due to the ease in which he defeated tight coverage off the
line of scrimmage in college, it's more of a mystery than a
concern what will happen if an NFL corner has success with using
press against him - at least initially.
Susceptible to the occasional focus drop (5:19, 7:14, 11:31) and relies on body catching
a bit more often than he should.
Could do more to help his quarterback at times. (1:20, 3:00)
Capable of walling off a defender when he wants (1:11, 1:52,
but there are just as many occasions in which he fails to neutralize
his defender. (1:04, 2:30, 5:12, 7:11)
It was once said that the only person who could stop Michael Jordan
was his college coach, Dean Smith. (For what it's worth, Jordan
played with at least two future All-Americans in each of his three
seasons at North Carolina.) The reason for the comparison to Jordan
here is not because Jeudy will be the NFL's answer to "His Airness,"
but rather because it's almost scary how gaudy his production
at Alabama could have been had he not had to share targets with
so many current and future pros (Calvin
Ridley, Henry Ruggs, Robert
Foster, DeVonta Smith, Irv
Smith and Jaylen Waddle among them) throughout his career.
Jeudy is lightning in a bottle personified and equipped with a
route-running skill set that would make most NFL players blush.
There may not be a receiver prospect in the last five or so years
who gets open faster or creates more separation in the first second
or two after the snap than he does.
Jeudy does not come without flaws, although it's probably more
accurate to say the holes in his game right now are mysteries
as opposed to concerns. He is a bit on the slight side and probably
won't be able to do much about that during his pro career. Alabama's
opponents did attempt to press him from time to time, but I could
not find one instance in the 12 or so games I watched where a
cornerback got an effective jam on him. Thus, there's no telling
if or how long Jeudy would be rendered ineffective should an NFL
corner have a bit of success in press coverage. If he does have
one issue that approaches a concern, it may the fact he was charged
with seven drops in 2019, per Pro Football Focus. He also showed
the ability to wall off his defender as a blocker, but it's fairly
obvious that blocking was not a high priority of his in college.
While any prospect can theoretically bust in the NFL, Jeudy seems
highly unlikely to do so. It seems much more probable he will
explode on the scene immediately and become his team's primary
receiving option within the first month or two of his rookie season.
The ease with which gets his defender out of position, avoids
a jam and creates quick separation is remarkable. Receivers with
his physical gifts who are also seemingly administering a graduate-level
course on the position while still in college are extremely rare.
Even in a draft that boasts so much receiver talent, Jeudy is
a cut above the rest. He is one of the most complete receiver
prospects I have evaluated since the loaded 2014 draft class.
Doug Orth has written for FF
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