The Jets need a weapon at wide receiver for Sam Darnold, and there is none better in the 2020 NFL Draft that Jerry Jeudy.
It’s been a long time since the Jets had what many would call a true No. 1 wide receiver. In fact, the last time they picked one in the draft was Keyshawn Johnson. That was with the No. 1 overall pick in 1996.
Jerry Jeudy is the consensus best wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, and many Jets fans want the team to draft him should he fall to them. Why is he the consensus No. 1, and why do Jets fans want him so much? Let’s take a look.
Jeudy is as complete a wide receiver as you’ll find coming into the NFL Draft in any year. He has almost all the tools you need as a wide receiver. He has an expansive route tree, the ability to stop on a dime and change direction, speed, and decent ability to block.
Jeudy is a threat on all levels of the defense. He can burn defenders deep or short. It doesn’t matter. The arsenal is there, and he will be a force in the NFL. As a result of his speed and ability to stop on a dime and change direction, he will also give the team yards after the catch in open space.
With all of his strengths, his flaws are magnified. He’ll make some amazing catches that’ll make your draw drop and think, “How did he catch that?” Then, there will be other times you think to yourself, “How did he not catch that?”
Not only does he have some concentration issues on what should be easy and fundamental catches, he also doesn’t really have contested catch ability. He doesn’t box out on the 50/50 balls, and won’t battle for the ball when defenders cut him off.
A player this good would fit any system in the NFL. The Jets had only 375 designed runs (39.2%) in 2019. So, they’re definitely pass-first offense. Having a weapon like Jeudy at their disposal would do Darnold wonders.
In most years, Jeudy might be a top-five pick, but even with his top-notch skills, he’s a top-ten pick in this year’s draft. That’s due to the offensive linemen and quarterbacks that are going to go ahead of him.
Unfortunately for the Jets — due to incompetence from the previous regime — the Jets have so many holes to fill, and they may not be in the right position to draft such a talent. It would be nice for the team to be able to land him, but it might not be the wisest idea to take a wide receiver at the No. 11 spot.