Judging Jerry Jeudy, the Bronco
Hailing from Deerfield Beach High School in Florida and later attending the University of Alabama, it was during his freshman year that WR Jerry Jeudy caught his first career pass in the Crimson Tide's second game of the season against Fresno State. In total, Jeudy got 14 receptions for 264 yards and two touchdowns during his first year in college. While those numbers seem average for a freshman, they did aid Alabama in winning a national championship. During the spring before his Sophomore season in 2018 Jeudy underwent surgery for a meniscus injury which led him to miss part of Spring practice. Jeudy had not appeared to show any ill effects from that knee issue after surgery and caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards that year and scored 10 touchdowns. Jeudy had 24 total touchdown receptions between 2018 and 2019. He was the most explosive player in college football at the time and never missed a practice or a game in those two years after the successful surgery where no further treatment was ever necessary. During his Sophomore season, Jeudy was named a consensus first team All American and first team All SEC player. He was also awarded the Fred Biletnikoff award as the nation’s best wide receiver. His 14 receiving touchdowns led the conference, tied for 3rd nationally, and his 1,315 receiving yards were second in the conference behind Ole Miss Alumni AJ Brown.
In 2019 during his Junior year, Jeudy was the Crimson Tide’s leading receiver in each of their first two games, finishing with 137 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Duke, 103 yards and three touchdowns against New Mexico State the following week. He finished the regular season with 959 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns and was again named 1st team ALL-SEC. He finished off his junior season with 6 receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown in a win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
Coach Nick Saban of Alabama best see’s him becoming a combination of a good outside receiver and a good slot receiver but will do the most damage when he’s playing in the slot. At Alabama, he ranks among their all time best in receiving touchdowns behind Alumni NFL player, Amari Cooper. He had two of Alabama’s top five single season receiving touchdowns seasons behind Amari Cooper. Two of Alabama’s top five single season receiving yardage marks also belong to Jeudy. Jerry Jeudy will be stepping into the NFL being able to make a quick transition because of Alabama’s professional style offense led by former NFL coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian had been an NFL coordinator for two years which gave Jeudy a good pro style experience. Because of this program Jerry Jeudy knows how to get open, as Nick Saban describes him as a player that understands how to run routes, get free and also has an attention for route detail. According to Saban, when he first started at Alabama, he didn't have enough patience but now that he has developed, he's learned that patience is the best way to get open as he's gotten very proficient at it on all levels. Saban believes his best attribute is his instinct at playing the position. He can drop his weight, get in and out of a juke and accelerate. His ability to juke was instilled when he was playing with NFL quarterback Lamar Jackson as a child in the neighborhood long before either of them entered the NFL Draft. Jerry Jeudy made heads turn at the Under Armour Future 50 Experience his junior year of high school which put him on NFL player Deion Sanders' radar. Once word got out, Former All Pro receiver Chad Johnson drove 30 miles to Deerfield Beach to watch him. To Johnson it was almost like looking at a younger version of himself because of his route running ability, his elite footwork and hands. Despite losing a sister to a medical condition recently, Denver's #1 pick in 2020 keeps a playful spirit, a determined mind, and a solid body for the wide receiver position. The Denver Broncos are ready to judge Jerry Jeudy on the field, at the professional level as soon as possible.