Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide

Height: 6-1

Weight: 192

Class: Junior

D.O.B.: 4/23/99

Statistical Profile: Two seasons as a starter saw Jeudy go over 1,100 yards twice and score 24 touchdowns on 145 catches in an offense with a host of other top-tier NFL talents.

Where he wins: If you can separate with speed and technique in the NFL, you’ve just accomplished the first step to becoming an elite wide receiver in the big leagues. This is where Jeudy absolutely thrives, thanks to lightning quick feet and stop-start ability that constantly throws defenders off-balance.

His acceleration is immediate, allowing him to stack and then run away from cornerbacks down the field. Tua Tagovailoa threw him a ton of deep balls at Alabama, and it hardly ever felt like anyone stayed close to him in vertical coverage.

Jeudy is simply a master at creating space and throwing windows, and he does a wonderful job adjusting within those windows to finish on the football. When opposing defenders tried to press him to throw off his patterns, Jeudy was simply untouchable off the line of scrimmage.

Two things you shouldn’t sleep on with Jeudy: he’s extremely elusive in the open field and he is a very willing blocker who plays with an edge. Alabama didn’t give him a ton of manufactured touches to create with underneath, but Jeudy has flashed a deadly juke move and more strength than you’d think to break tackles in the open field. For a slight-framed guy, he plays with a nasty edge too, lowering his shoulder to take on defenders or getting after opponents as a blocker down the field.

Where he may struggle: The concerns with Jeudy aren’t overwhelming, but they should be acknowledged as with all players. The junior has not had many contested catch opportunities on tape, and he doesn’t always high-point and pluck in the few examples that do exist. He has great concentration to track the ball through and around the flailing arms of defenders at the catch point, but he isn’t the type to box out and win a bunch of contested catches. Of course, when you can separate like Jeudy can, that’s not really a major concern.

There will be a handful of drops here and there as well, usually when Jeudy is looking to run before securing the rock. His weigh-in at the Combine will be worth keeping an eye on, especially if a team envisions him playing heavily on the outside in the NFL. Jeudy played inside and out at Alabama, but was mainly a slot receiver this past season, so there will be some adjustment against better and more consistent press cornerbacks at the next level.

Bucs Fit: Schematically, Jeudy is the perfect missing ingredient for the Bucs offense, a pure speed threat who can dominate with the way he can tilt off coverage from the slot, or provide an elite vertical weapon from the outside. Don’t worry about his size compared to Chris Godwin or Mike Evans, as Bruce Arians has been completely comfortable with receivers of all builds over the course of his career, and has prioritized speed over size several times in the draft.

While Jeudy may be a perfect fit to create a dream trio of wide receivers that would boost any quarterback’s impact, clearly the Bucs will have more pressing needs, even if Breshad Perriman moves on in free agency. 

I won’t argue with anyone who thinks a scenario of them drafting Jeudy is a pipe dream, but it’s absolutely possible that he’s on the board at No. 14 and it’s also true that WR3 (and even WR4) are vital roles in an Arians’ offense. I’m a firm believer the team is likely to take an offensive tackle at No. 14, but if three or four of the top ones come off the board before they pick and Javon Kinlaw is also gone, the team could do a lot worse than Jeudy as a fall back option.

It isn’t going to happen, but it’s fun to dream about an offense with that firepower.

Grade: Round 1

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft

17 COMMENTS

  1. Funny Szenario, if the 4 best OT (and Kinlaw) are gone.
    No secondary would be able to cover Evans, Godwin and Jeudy. But if the Oline collapse directly after the snap it doesn’t matter.

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  2. If the o line collapses??? Lol.

    How did that work out last year? Did they collapse or did they give Winston time to throw for 5109 yards and 33 touchdowns?

    A weapon like Jeudy will be more valuable than any one offensive lineman.

    If you had to select between mike evans and Ali marpet, who would you choose? Be honest

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    • We are Talking About a WR3 or a starting OL. As Long as Evans and Godwin are Ready to Play, the starting Oline has more value.

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  3. This is what happens when a fantasy football guy comments on here! Oline has no value to them and the actual game is a stat sheet…..

    Priority #1 for the Bucs is to protect the QB no matter who it is Back there….

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  4. Agreed. There’s no way a number 3wr is more important than oline and depth so please stop. They’re supposedly thinking of trading Howard because there’s not enough balls to go around yet you want to ignore the oline for seemingly the 10 straight year sombrero? Perhaps you forgot what it looked like having the inept benenoch starting? This line needs multiple players to upgrade what they lack. You can get a WR in the third our fourth round. Hard pass

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  5. I’m not saying ignore the offensive line! I’m saying draft offensive line, just not in round 1!

    Also, I’m not saying the Bucs should prioritize WR in round 1, but I would draft the top WR before the 5th offensive lineman.

    And this argument of WR3 vs OL1 is just dumb. It’s not even OL1?!

    If the Bucs sign Dotson, who wants to come back cheap and played well last year, a rookie will not get on the field next season unless injury occurs.

    So, WR3 or OL6? You take the best players in round 1. OL6 will have value but you can fill that spot in round 3.

    I bet Seattle will draft RB Jon Taylor in round 1 of he’s available. They never draft offensive linemen in the first round, yet they have a great fishing attack. They draft and develop talented running backs who make life easier on the whole Oline and the QB.

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    • I’m not Talking About OL6, i’m Talking About RT1. (Hopefully) a day one starter.
      I hope the Bucs resign Dotson, then he can help the Rookie and we have good backup (for both tackle positions). Btw, the last time Dotson played all 16 games was 2014.

      Don’t get me wrong, the Player should worth the pick but Becton, Thomas, Wills and Wirfs are worth it!

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  6. Dumb smartphone autocorrect!

    Rushing, not fishing!! Lol

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  7. I don’t forget what Caleb Benenoch looks like by the way Chefboho. He looks just like Tristan Wirfs. Check out his video. Their tale of the tape is also identical.

    If it’s a choice between Tristan Benenoch and Jerry Jeudy and I had to pick one or the other, I’m taking the proven good player with incredible talent, not the projection with a prayer book.

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    • Everyone would pick Jeudy over Benenoch but Wirfs is way better than Benenoch.

      I’m also fine with “Jeudy is a better player than Wirfs or Andrew” but looking at the bucs roster gives both way more value

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  8. With Van Jefferson needing surgery and needing to be sidelined 6-8 weeks after surgery i wonder if he slides in the draft might be at steal in 3rd or 4th if the front office is looking for a WR in the draft

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  9. @DerLutz I’m not sure what you’re talking about with Wirfs. He is a 3rd round prospect at best and I don’t care who says otherwise. Just watch his game tape. He is off balance frequently or on the ground and that’s in the run game! He hasn’t had to pass block 40-60 reps a game ever. WHen he has pass blocked, he certainly hasn’t done it against professional DE/DT/OLBs running games(twists, stunts, delays). He is 100% projection. Doesn’t matter that he went to a program that produces linemen for a rushing attack. That is a bad fit in Arians offense. Starting a kid like that week 1 is ludicrous!

    I think its very telling the Bucs have not interviewed him, formally or informally.

    Jedrick Wills replaced Jonah Williams in Alabama. Just like Williams, NFL coaches are projecting him to Guard, not Tackle. He may be a tough guy, but there are plenty of tough guys who can be a guard in the #70-#140 range.

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  10. @derlutz I do agree with Becton being a 1st rounder, but Im a sucker for 6’7″, 370lb behemoth offensive tackles. You cant teach height and natural frame size. I am 100% certain he will be gone when the Bucs pick at 14. I would rather see the Bucs take a monster like that in round 3. THere will be 5 or 6 of those guys available at that time.

    Niang, Wanogho, Wilson, Adams, Durant, Hilbers, Taylor are just a few big dudes that come in 6’7 and 340+ and will mostly be drafted in the 3rd round or later. They all have to learn anyway, find a fit when the value is there.

    Bucs can’t afford to reach on a project in round 1 who might be ready to play IF the starter gets injured. Wills and Wirfs are not day one starters at RT in this heavy passing offense.

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    • First of all, I have no idea of all the technical aspects that scouts are Looking for. But every draft in the last 4 year has Maybe one or 2 day one starter at OT or IOL. There are some Players that could start but the most are “hopefully he will start in the future”. (it’s the same with the most other positions)

      Nobody knows which Player will be good. Look at the Winston Draft. Even now, i say Winston was the correct pick because the other Players wren’t worth the 1. Pick either.

      Let’s go back to this OT class.
      Currently Wills ist the best OT and I’m sure COULD be a solid day 1 starter.
      Becton Looks like he has the greatest potential and COULD be one of the best tackle in the league.
      I’m agree Wirf COULD be better as an IOL.
      Thomas has some limitations. Currently he is the second best Pass blocker but i’m NOT SURE how much more potential he has.
      Maybe one of the other guys you mentioned is the big hit, but it Looks more unrealistic. Size is not teachable but also teachable Things are not teachable to everybody! Also for playing OL you Need some Talent.

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      • Sorry for the unnecessarily capitalized words. I have a german autocorrection

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  11. There is a chance Jeudy slides.

    This would be too hard to pass up IMO especially if Perriman walks in FA IMVHO.

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