2020 NFL Draft: Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy could be a weapon for Joe Brady
If the Panthers decide to get offensive coordinator Joe Brady another weapon with their first-round pick, then they should consider Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
NFL Draft Profile: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
NFL Comparison: Jarvis Landry, CLE Browns
Alabama has produced some of the best NFL wide receivers throughout the past decade with top talents like Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley. All three came into the league with crisp route running ability and above-average athletism. The Panthers should consider taking the next top pass-catcher that the Crimson Tide has developed.
A quick look at the tape reveals that Jerry Jeudy consistently finds a way to get separation from defensive backs which is saying something considering he routinely lined up against SEC secondaries.
Jeudy can line up in the slot as well as outside and runs a complete route tree. He is tough enough to make catches in the middle of the field but also can execute on deep routes; something that Joe Brady was so accustomed to utilizing at LSU. He seems like a perfect match for the offensive scheme that Brady wants to implement in Carolina.
The way he was used at Alabama is reminiscent of the way the Cleveland Browns use Jarvis Landry. The Browns like to get the ball into Landry’s hands on short slant routes and then take a deep shot to catch whoever is covering him off guard.
Jeudy is also the perfect compliment lining up opposite of D.J. Moore. Opposing defenses will have an impossible time double covering both dynamic route runners if the Panthers utilize their No. 7 pick on the Alabama stud.
The biggest drawback of selecting Jeudy is that he will cost Carolina its first-round pick. The Panthers have a lot of holes to fill on their roster and one could argue that wide receiver is far down on that list.
Jeudy is a special talent that is NFL ready day one but the Panthers have other positions to address most notably on the defensive side of the ball. Still, he needs to be on Carolina’s draft board and is worth considering if the team hopes to mirror what Brady was able to do with LSU’s offense last season.
A healthy Cam Newton with Jeudy, Moore and Curtis Samuel could be a lethal arsenal of weapons that the Panthers have never had. Oh yeah, not to mention the All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey coming out of the backfield as well.