The 2020 NFL Draft is drawing closer every day. With the Giants and Jets both currently set to pick in the draft's first 11 selections, we'll be giving and in-depth look at some of the prospects who could soon call New York home.
Here's a look at Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy ...
By The Numbers
Weight: 193 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.45
Vertical jump: 35.0 inches
2019 stats: 77 catches, 1,163 yards, 10 TD, first-team All-SEC
Prospect Overview (from NFL.com)
Mixes tight, crisp route-running with impressive top-end speed to keep secondaries on eggshells throughout the game. Jeudy is high-cut and a little leggy in his press release and short-area movements, but fluid hips and above-average agility prevent any stagnation. He's a linear route specialist with a great feel for leveraging and then stemming defenders away from his food on intermediate and deep passes. The hands need work and contested catches will be much more challenging against bigger, faster matchups across from him. Jeudy can play inside or outside but offers a unique ability to both widen or lengthen the field from the slot. His transition from deep threat to volume target in 2019 should help sell teams on his ability to become a pro-Bowl caliber WR1 who can help his offense on all three levels.
In his latest Jets seven-round mock draft, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano noted that multiple NFL sources have told him that the Jets have done plenty of work on both Jeudy and his teammate, Henry Ruggs III.
Meanwhile, ESPN draft expert Todd McShay recently mocked Jeudy as the Jets' pick at No. 11, despite the fact that offensive tackles Mekhi Becton and Andrew Thomas, and fellow receivers CeeDee Lamb and Ruggs were all still on the board.
How can the Jets, who would be entering the season with Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman as their top two wide receivers, pass on this type of playmaker? The Jets were one of four NFL teams to average fewer than 200 passing yards and score fewer than 20 passing touchdowns last season, and that was with Robby Anderson still in green.
NFL Comp (according to NFL.com's Lance Zierlein)
This and That (Random Fact)
Jeudy attended Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Notable alumni of the school include former Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, former University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, and Oakland A's pitcher Mike Fiers, known now for being the first player to publicly accuse the 2017 Houston Astros of stealing signs.
Jeudy has been breaking ankles with a nasty release at the line of scrimmage since high school. Check out some of his Rivals highlights from 2016