The Indianapolis Colts have a major need at wide receiver, and the best-case scenario could be Alabama standout Jerry Jeudy falling into their laps at 13th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. This is a loaded wide receiver class, so there are teams before the Colts in the draft who might think they can find an elite receiver later in the draft.
So what is so special about Jeudy, and why would he be an elite option for the Colts? Let’s break it down.
There are a lot of arguments about who the best wide receiver is in the draft, but one thing is clear, Jeudy is going to be a star in the NFL. Jeudy is a player who lined up in the slot and out wide with the Crimson Tide, and his game should translate well to the NFL in both positions. He is a speedster and also an elite route runner that is going to be very hard to defend at the next level.
Thedraftnetwork.com gave the following review of Jeudy:
One of the best route runners I have ever scouted coming out of college. His blend of finesse, timing, deception, flexibility, and explosiveness makes him run better routes than most NFL wide receivers. A master of his craft. Pays attention to detail in everything he does at the position – from the beginning with his release package – to the very end with his playmaking ability to score on any given reception. A dynamic open-field player who plays with the same kind of fluidity and explosiveness as Odell Beckham Jr. A true hands catcher who is as reliable as they come at the catch point. An underrated jump-ball receiver. Doesn’t get much credit for his in-traffic skill set because he is rarely in contested situations – he is just that good at creating consistent separation.
The only real knock on Jeudy is his strength. Sometimes at the line of scrimmage, he can be knocked off of his route against a stronger cornerback. That is going to need to be something that changes in the NFL.
Fit with the Colts
The Colts have T.Y. Hilton outside and he is an elite option, but he can’t do it all. Zach Pascal was the Colts’ leading wideout during the 2019 season, but he isn’t enough going forward.
If the team brought in Jeudy, he could be the second wide receiver, and that would move Pascal to the third option. Instead of just being a good wide receiver corps, it would now be elite, and opposing teams would be in a lot of trouble.