Alabama star wide receiver Jerry Jeudy will command a lot of attention once the college football season is over. One of the teams that would make a lot of sense for the talented player is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville, currently 4-6 and last in the AFC South, is lacking star power on the offensive side of the football. The emergence of wide receiver D.J. Chark has provided a big boost for the team. Chark has 51 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns.
The resurgence of running back Leonard Fournette has also propped up the offense. After a sophomore slump, Fournette is having a big third season, with 854 rushing yards, 329 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Outside of those playmakers, Jacksonville’s offensive weapons aren’t there. Wide receivers Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and Marquise Lee, have relatively disappointed while the team lacks a playmaking tight end. It’s difficult for quarterback Nick Foles — or Gardner Minshew — to find success when the unit takes the field.
Jerry Jeudy can change that.
A five-star recruit from Pompano, Fla., Jeudy went to Alabama and became one of the team’s top playmakers. In three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Jeudy has 146 catches for 2446 yards and 25 touchdowns.
At 6-1, 192-pounds, Jeudy possesses a number of attributes vital for success at the wide receiver position, from speed, quickness and route running.
It all starts at the snap for Jeudy, who gets a quick burst once the ball is snapped. Jeudy’s speed allows for him to get down the field quick and burn opposing defensive backs. His elite route running puts defenders multiple yards behind him on several patterns.
Jeudy also makes contested catches with defensive backs strapped on him, showing that he is the type of receiver who can make any play.
The Biletnikoff Award (best receiver in the nation) winner will provide a significant advantage for the Jaguars, giving the team a downfield threat to go alongside Chark. With Chark at 6-4 and Jeudy and 6-1, it would be a good one-two punch of size and speed.
As of Week 12, Jacksonville currently has the No. 12 overall pick in the draft, which could be good enough to stay put and take Jeudy. But if Jeudy’s draft stock begins to rise, Jacksonville could have the opportunity to trade up with Los Angeles’ first-rounder they received from the Jalen Ramsey trade.
Jeudy is an exceptional talent. His abilities could usher in a new era of offense for the Jaguars.