The New York Jets have a decent shot of drafting Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with the 11th overall pick. He’s the kind of game-breaking threat Gang Green has lacked.
Jerry Jeudy is the type of receiver that slows the game down for a quarterback. His route-running ability is quite literally perfect. Quarterbacks know he’s going to get open. Playing in multiple systems at Alabama, there’s not a single route he hasn’t perfected. There aren’t many players in New York Jets history that fans could say the same about.
He’s Adam Gase’s type of receiver. A guy who can get open downfield, wins battles at the line of scrimmage, has elusive speed, tremendous agility, and collects the broken ankles of defensive backs whenever he’s in a one-on-one situation after the catch. It’s staggering to think what quarterback Sam Darnold could do with a receiver like him.
The Bama product isn’t a monster in size at 6-1, 192-pounds, but makes up for it with his tremendous ability to separate from defensive backs> He can do it either early in plays in a west coast system, or as plays develop in the vertical passing game.
Production was about as good as it gets for the number one threat of Crimson Tide’s loaded passing attack. Jeudy totaled almost 2,500 receiving yards and 24 receiving touchdowns in the last two seasons. As soon as Calvin Ridley left Tuscaloosa, Jeudy took off.
Jeudy is certainly NFL ready and will be important and productive to whichever team is lucky to grab him in the draft.
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Right now, it’s a little unknown how much the New York Jets are going to tweak their offense, or where they will make adjustments. Drafting Jeudy allows Gang Green to make whatever changes they want and still get the most out of their first-round pick. This is because Jeudy will fit into any system NYJ runs.
Jeudy can run every route in the book and be successful with any playbook. It’s rare for a receiver so young to be as polished as he is. It’s not all peaches and cream, he needs to work on contested catches. Fortunately, that skill can be coached.
His contested drops for the Tide were not because he was weak, but due to his concentration. Sure, if he was a little bigger it might not even matter, but he still can work on his focus at the catch point to haul in more footballs in physical matchups.
Jeudy is going to be a great NFL player. When combine season hits, stories of his athleticism will make the rounds. A high floor guy with a towering ceiling, Jeudy would be a great fit for what Adam Gase and the New York Jets want to accomplish moving forward.