Broncos select Jerry Jeudy at No. 15

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The Denver Broncos found a complement to Courtland Sutton and another weapon for quarterback Drew Lock by selecting wide receiver Jerry Jeudy out of Alabama in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 15th overall.

Denver loads up on offense in hopes of rivaling the offensive attack of the Kansas City Chiefs and making noise in the AFC West.

Jeudy is coming off two prolific seasons with the Crimson Tide. He went for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2018 and 1,163 yards and 10 scores in 2019.

Prospect Profile

School: Alabama
Height: 6-1
Weight: 193 lbs

Positives

  • Excellent route-runner at all levels of the field
  • Gains an advantage at the line and beats the press with smooth, varied releases
  • Outstanding foot speed and change-of-direction ability in breaks
  • Sells routes with his head and hip fakes at the top of the stem
  • Tracks the ball well on vertical throws
  • Attacks the ball with strong hands to make difficult catches
  • Explosive, slippery runner who can make big plays after the catch

Negatives

  • Not especially effective in contested-catch situations
  • Lapses in concentration lead to the occasional drop on routine plays
  • Willing blocker but not overly impactful

Bottom Line

Easily this class' most proficient route-runner and one of the more polished technicians to transition to the NFL in the last few years, Jeudy is both a high-floor and high-ceiling prospect who should emerge as a No. 1 receiver early in his career. He doesn't play above the rim, so his impact may not be as flashy as other top targets, but he has the potential to be every bit as dominant. Jeudy's ability to create effortless separation everywhere on the field makes him a matchup nightmare for any defensive back. Add in the athleticism and creativity he shows in making big plays after the catch and the Alabama star edges out a ridiculously talented field to get the nod as our top-ranked receiver.

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