We at Mile High Report graded the Denver Broncos first round selection of Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with universal A+ grades last night and the poll we ran aligned fairly nicely with that as well. However, we are also fans and fans tend to be optimistic to a fault.
So to wrap up the first round grades, I went through and pulled out the full first round grades across the nation from some of the bigger media outlets to see how they aligned with our instant reactions. The results were mostly positive.
I’ll wind up writing a lot more about this pick once we get out of the draft. For now, I hope it’s enough to say I had Jeudy as my WR1 for the better part of the entire draft season. Before Rich Scangarello was fired I went back and forth on him and Lamb every other hour. Since I studied the Pat Shurmur offense he’s been locked in and even slid up to #5 on my final big board.
He’s the best separator I’ve ever seen from a collegiate prospect and is a far better athlete than his workout numbers suggest. He’s also versatile enough to win from inside or outside, which means the Broncos will have options for building their 3-WR sets and it should help them maximize the return if they want to grab another receiver in the draft.
In short: I love this pick. Love it.
This pick was a steal for the Broncos. Jeudy was the best wide receiver in the draft, and he shouldn’t have lasted until the 15th pick. Jeudy is excellent on routes and runs crisp, smooth patterns. He can play on the outside or in the slot for the Broncos, and he has good speed too. Jeudy has very few flaws in his game.
This is a home run for the Broncos. A guy they coveted the entire process, and the Broncos didn’t even have to make a move to get him. Jeudy is another weapon for Drew Lock and another upgrade this offseason for Denver’s roster.
Denver needed another receiver to complement Courtland Sutton. Jeudy’s routes are amazing, and he fits as either a slot guy or on the outside across from Sutton. I like CeeDee Lamb as the top receiver in the class, but Jeudy’s talent and the Broncos’ specific need make it tough to argue with this pick.
For Drew Lock, Christmas just came early. Jeudy is the best route runner in this class, capable of separating with lightning-quick feet and explosive short-area quickness. The former Crimson Tide star is a big-play creator who makes would-be tacklers miss with rare suddenness and cut-on-a-dime change-of-direction skills. He lines up all over the formation and can threaten deep or get open early in his route and give his quarterback an open target. He’ll pair nicely with ascending superstar Courtland Sutton, and along with the team’s first-rounder from last year, tight end Noah Fant, Denver’s skill position group is quickly turning into one of the most exciting units in the league. Jeudy came in no. 7 on my Big Board, so I love the value here, too.
The Broncos have a budding star in “X” receiver Courtland Sutton, who can consistently win one-on-one downfield on the perimeter and hurt teams with in-breaking routes. But for their optimism in 2019 second-round quarterback Drew Lock to be fully realized, they needed a “Z” receiver—that guy who can go in motion, run every route at every level and contribute via yards-after-catch. Some feel that Jeudy is the best route runner coming out of college in this era. The Broncos addressed a glaring need with a stylistically perfect prospect, and they didn’t have to trade up to do it.
I like Jeudy a lot. He’s the best route runner in this draft. One concern I have with him is he’s really thin. Will he be able to hold up to press coverage?
Not having to trade up was key; John Elway was confident his guy would be there, and it paid off. Jeudy is a smooth operator who already runs routes better than some pros, and should overcome a few physical shortcomings to be great in the NFL.
Jeudy is the most likely of this year’s receivers to develop into a Michael Thomas- or Adam Thielen-like route technician who can serve as both a possession receiver and a deep threat.
The Broncos got an all-purpose playmaker to pair with Courtland Sutton and help accelerate Drew Lock’s development. The Broncos offense will soon be above average for the first time since Peyton Manning got old. This pick could not have worked out better for the Broncos.
What a huge win for Denver, and particularly their young quarterback, Drew Lock. Courtland Sutton already gives lock a No. 1 target with a versatile skill set, but adding a complete player like Jeudy just makes this passing attack that much more balanced.
Aside from Pete Prisco, who gave the Jerry Jeudy pick the same grade as the Las Vegas Raiders selection of Damon Arnette, everyone loved what the Broncos did on Day 1. With four picks on Day 2, let’s hope they keep the good decision making going.
If you haven’t cast your vote just yet for the Broncos Day 1 selection, here is your chance.
How would you grade the Broncos selection of Jerry Jeudy?
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